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.
The Center is committed to modeling and ensuring racial equity across all sectors. Our Center for Race, Equity, Justice and Inclusion focuses on supporting and building momentum toward real change.
1. 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
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
In advancing our mission, we often look to leaders in our region who are doing the work to learn from their journeys, experiences and insights. During Women's History Month, we focused on Black women leaders who are advancing real change in our communities. We invite you to hear their perspectives: I am the change.
Events and Panel Discussions
The next Panel Discussion is set for April 29, 9:30am - 11:30am. Our Change Makers Panel will include:
Michael J. Bobbitt, Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council
Dekonti Mends Cole, VP Mid-Atlantic, JP Morgan Chase Global Philanthropy
Hugo Mogollon, Executive Director, FRESHFARM
We invite you to join us! Learn more about our panelists, the agenda and how to be part of the conversation here.
Applying a racial equity lens to year-end (and year round) giving
Center CEO Glen O’Gilvie shares his thoughts in the Washington Post
... about how donors can impact and advance change by intentionally applying a racial equity lens to their giving. With a little research, donors can tailor where their donations go and how they are used, supporting organizations that are advancing critical work, while also sending a powerful message to other groups, encouraging them to follow through on their commitment. Glen shares suggestions about how we can all play a role in advancing racial equity, justice and inclusion, creating a positive impact on our communities. We encourage you to read the full article.
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.
Provided by the Center
Expanding leadership opportunities for women of color
In March, we launched an exciting new 3-part series. Transition to a Career in Consulting focused on Black women looking to leverage their nonprofit knowledge into a new role as a consultant. Participants included 15 women ranging in area of expertise, years of experience and even geographic area. The series was taught by DC-based nonprofit consultant Michela Perrone, Ph.D., President of MMP Associates.
Michela and the group focused on five main areas: roles and responsibilities of a consultant, personality traits that all consultants need, the consulting process itself, how to set up a business and legal identity, and finally how to market themselves. The group also participated in an exercise designed to reveal their motivations and how they define success for themselves.
Participants gave the series high marks and many positive comments, including: “To learn about consulting with an energetic expert in a virtual classroom of engaging and resourceful peers is better than any book I could have read.” And, “This training provided great insight about becoming a consultant. It was a pleasure to join this training and meet other like-minded professional women.”
Commissioned by the Center
Early fall of 2020, the Center commissioned Brighter Strategies to conduct a nonprofit study to gain a better understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial equity specifically in the Greater Washington, DC Region. See what they found.
Excerpt from 2020 Nonprofit Agenda
Actions trump words
So let's take the lead
Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, Center Board Chair and DEI Committee member, shares her insights and thoughts on growing a culture of excellence that evolves out of combating comfortable alliances, superficial policies and language that is insensitive to inclusion.
Shared by the Center
The purpose of an equity lens is to be deliberately inclusive as an organization makes decisions. Equity lenses can be customized for different organizations and decisions. This document provides a set of questions that can help the decision makers focus on equity in both their process and outcomes.
Prepared by the Center
As part of our efforts to transition from discussion to taking actionable steps, the Center recently initiated—and provided at no charge, an 8-part leadership course for black professionals. Learn more.
Prepared by the Center
This September workshop provided a clearer sense of what a racial equity journey might look like for your organization, and how you can ready yourself, your team, and your stakeholders for this work.
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 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.