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Demographics of Commonwealth Fund Staff, Directors, Grantees, and Fellows 

As a foundation committed to using data to inform policy, the Commonwealth Fund collects demographic information about staff, board members, grantees, and fellows as part of our efforts to expand and diversify the group of individuals and organizations whom we listen to, learn from, and support. We use these aggregated data to better understand our partners and help ensure the effectiveness of our grantmaking. 

The charts below compare results from our 2023 survey of Commonwealth Fund staff and grantees (project directors only) with those from our 2020 survey.* We sent the 2023 survey to 587 individuals in total, receiving 375 responses (a 64% response rate). For additional information about the survey, please refer to our list of frequently asked questions

This data collection effort informs the Fund’s Equity Indicators Report which we are developing to track progress on the Commonwealth Fund’s overall commitment to achieving equity throughout our organization – a commitment that encompasses our research agenda, grantmaking, communications, hiring practices, and endowment management. Read our Vision and Pledge to Promote Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and learn about our Advancing Health Equity program

* In 2023, for the first time, we surveyed project team members, in addition to project directors (a suggestion made by several project directors in the 2020 survey). In the future, we will present data for the entire project team for each grant. Board members and fellows were not surveyed in 2023; we intend to re-survey these groups in future surveys.