As our country continues to face racial violence and inequities, organizations have stepped up their focus on transitioning from discussions to taking actionable steps toward achieving racial diversity, equity, justice and inclusion.
To support these efforts, we have created a “Center within the Center,” drawing together leaders from across government, nonprofit, philanthropy and commercial sectors to move the needle toward real change. We invite you to join us!
Center for Race, Equity, Justice and Inclusion
Substantial work is needed to ensure the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors are equipped to develop, implement and sustain a racial equity workplan that supports all nonprofits, especially those led by leaders of color. Investment in leadership development and individualized capacity building that can be scaled is critical for sustainability through current challenges and into the future.
To intensify our focus around race and equity, the Center is launching a large-scale initiative—the Center for Race, Equity, Justice and Inclusion (REJI). This “Center within a Center” will consist of five pillars:
- Research will begin with gathering data to inform future programming, including a 12-month, race equity experiential learning series for board members and executive directors
- Cross Sector Collaboration will include educating partners in the philanthropic, government and education communities about the issues being addressed by nonprofit organizations serving communities of color, and the specific challenges nonprofits led by leaders of color are facing.
- Advocacy will begin with outreach to and engagement of regulating bodies to strongly encourage policy and system changes regarding charitable organizations, diverse leadership and board compensation.
- Experiential Learning will assist nonprofit organizations with the development of a racial equity work plan, including developing policies and procedures to create an anti-racist environment that enables all employees to thrive; and will share local historical and other learning journeys that are impacting race and trust relations, as well as hands-on service learning from nonprofit leaders on the ground.
- Capacity Building will provide support to help strengthen nonprofit leaders’ ability to create an anti-racist environment, expand funding to underserved communities and leaders, assist nonprofits in attracting and retaining employees of color, and train all employees to understand the value of diversity, equity and the importance of inclusion in their organizations.
The Center launched on July 15
… with the first in a series of panel discussions with prominent change makers. Panel discussions will focus on the journeys of leaders of color, as well as key issues impacting organizations and communities. A cross sector group of over 100 leaders from our region joined us our inaugural convening:
Special thanks to the participants on our first panel:
Lisa Brown Alexander, President & CEO, Nonprofit HR
Darryl Maxwell, Assistant Director (Nonprofit & Small Business), DC Bar Pro Bono Center
Marcus Walton, President & CEO, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Moderator: Glen O’Gilvie, CAE, CEO, Center for Nonprofit Advancement
Central pool of resources
To help you with your own efforts and keep you informed, we will maintain this pool of resources, posting information, tools and webinars as we learn of them.
Prepared by the Aspen Institute
This glossary describes terms related to structural racism and terms used to promote racial equity analysis. It was created by the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change, a group that worked with leading innovators to produce strong and reliable frameworks for successful and sustainable community change and development.
Prepared by the Center
Thursday, July 23
This webinar helps you take the first step with an introduction to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Learn the basic elements of a DEIB framework in an accessible, non-judgmental way. Understand DEIB related terms and definitions to build a strong foundational understanding of how to move beyond awareness of societal inequities towards creating space for traditionally marginalized folks and reallocating resources to promote inclusion and belonging.
Prepared by Equity in the Center, a Project of ProInspire
This in depth, well researched publication provides a comprehensive guide for engaging your organization in the transformational work of building a Race Equity Culture.
Prepared by Neo Law Group
While discussions regarding DEI are increasingly prevalent in the nonprofit sector, the next, more difficult, step forward is to turn the discussions into action. This article outlines steps we can take—as part of the nonprofit community dedicated to the benefit of the public—to effectuate our commitment to DEI.
Provided by Neo Law Group
In the nonprofit sector, there is an evident racial leadership gap. This article talks about how organizations can address this issue of inadequate representation for minorities by incorporating DEI provisions into their governance documents.