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 present key findings from our 2020 survey of 172 staff, board members, and grantees.* We also surveyed 489 fellows, both current and alumni, from our Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice, Commonwealth Fund Fellowships in Minority Health, Association of Health Care Journalists Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance and International Health Study Fellowship, and Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowships. We received a total of 423 responses, for an overall response rate of 66 percent.

This activity is part of the Commonwealth Fund’s larger effort to become an antiracist organization – a commitment that encompasses all aspects of the foundation, from our research agenda, grantmaking, and communications to our hiring practices and endowment management. Read our Vision and Pledge to Promote Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and learn about our new Advancing Health Equity program.

For additional information about the survey, please refer to our list of frequently asked questions.

* Data on grantees are limited to project directors. In the future, we also will include data on the entire project team for each grant.