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.
Our commitment to DEIJ continues to evolve in 2023
The Center has celebrated and promoted diversity by recognizing designated months honoring ethnic and gender minorities.
Now it is time to put our words into action.
To support our members’ efforts to embed DEIJ into their operations, staffing, and boards, the Center will offer DEIJ related classes throughout the year, free to our members.
We will use three asterisks to indicate the free status of a training in both the subject line of its promotional email as well as in the class title on the training hub page on our website.
Join our mailing list now to receive emails about these free classes!
You can view our 2022 I Am The Change series here.
A collaborative initiative with JPMorgan Chase
JPMorgan Chase has partnered with the Center for Nonprofit Advancement to launch a grantmaking and capacity building initiative aimed at advancing economic growth and racial equity in Washington D.C.’s Wards 7 and 8. The $350,000 philanthropic funding will support Black women-led nonprofits in the region, with eight organizations receiving $25,000 each based on their commitment and proven track record.
The Center will provide each nonprofit with targeted technical assistance, health and wellness support, leadership development, and executive coaching to support the organization’s sustainability plan. Awardees will also be enrolled in a customized 12-month capacity-building program. All twenty-three applicants who expressed interest in participating in the program will receive a year-long membership to the Center and full access to offerings, including courses, board matching, and ongoing technical assistance.
This initiative is part of the Center’s broader efforts to address racial equity and inclusion in the nonprofit sector.
Read the full press release here.
Events and Panel Discussions
The 5th Change Makers Panel Discussion is on October 3rd from 9:30am-11:00am. Hear from our panel of Change Makers; leaders of color sharing their expertise, journeys, strategies, and vision. Join us as we discuss innovative tips and strategies that all sectors can adapt and replicate.
Our first panelist:
Lashonia Thompson-El, Executive Director of The W.I.R.E. – Women Involved in Reentry Efforts
The panel will be moderated by
Glen O'Gilvie, CAE, CEO, Center for Nonprofit Advancement
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.
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.
Provided by Intercultural Development Inventory
The Intercultural Development Inventory is a cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence that is used by individuals and organizations to build intercultural competence in order to achieve diversity and inclusion goals and outcomes. This seminar trains and licenses individuals to use the Intercultural Development Inventory.
Founded by a Center Board member
Reflecting on our unconscious biases can require an outside perspective. Tapestries Solutions for Inclusion provides trainings that can help your organization overcome diversity and inclusion obstacles by implementing tangible solutions.
Provided by d&i Leaders
This free resource provides organizations with the toolkit they need to measure their progress in managing diversity. GDEIB helps its users understand the results of the strategies they use to foster inclusion.
Provided by Spectra Diversity
Spectra Diversity provides a comprehensive diversity and inclusion assessment by measuring both individuals as well as the entire organization. Organizations are measured through policies, practices and procedures while individuals are measured through beliefs and skills.
Prepared by The Nonprofit Association of Oregon
Like a pair of glasses, this lens empowers its users with focus and the ability to see where they can create a more equitable and inclusive work environment.