Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Starlight is committed to providing equal access to our programs and ensuring diversity at all levels of our organization.

At Starlight, we reject all forms of discrimination and stand for: 

  • A diverse, inclusive, and safe environment for our employees, donors and partners.

  • The equitable allocation of our programs to our hospital network caring for pediatric patients regardless of racial identity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic standing.  

At Starlight, we aim for our Board, leadership and staff to be representative of the diverse communities we serve.  

In 2022, the equitable allocation of our programs fulfilled: 

  • 53% of the facilities receiving our programs serve patients, based on Census demographics, that are considered medically underserved and/or vulnerable populations.

  • 48% of Starlight’s distributed programs feature products representing multicultural/multilingual, disabled, and LGBTQ+ patients or focus on STEAM and clinical education.

DEI Resources

Since we began our Commitment for Change in 2020, the initiative has expanded to include:  

  • Exclusive newsletters for under-resourced hospital partners, providing early access to beneficial programs for their patient populations.

  • Programs created and provided in additional languages, representing multiple cultures and ethnicities. 

  • Working with corporate partners to source more diverse and inclusive gifted products to offer to our hospital network.  

  • Highlighting and appreciating our diverse network of fundraisers and individual givers through public digital channels.  

  • Internal diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training for all staff and workshops on communication and emotional intelligence to improve mental health and overall culture,

Starlight will continue to prioritize our Commitment for Change initiative through intentional program design and distribution, responsible fundraising efforts, and nurturing a safe space of belonging.