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:

  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.

Leadership Series informs, equips and inspires black professionals to take the lead

According to a recent article published in Nonprofit Quarterly, 80 percent of nonprofits are led by white executives, and yet poverty rates among people of color are twice as high as whites and they typically compose a higher number of those supported by nonprofits.

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 course: Nonprofit Leadership Series for Black Professionals. Offered over the summer, the course provided invaluable information and tools to prepare and inspire participants to succeed as leaders in the nonprofit sector. Sessions included financial analysis, using tools such as PIE and STAR, personal development, inspiring a team, accountability, engaging with recruiters, lessons from leaders and guest speakers, group coaching sessions, and more.

The series was very well received and appreciated by sixty-six participants from a variety of organizations, including top executives, senior leaders, managers, a few service coordinators and even a board member.


Special thanks to Rob Malone,
Executive Director, The Arc Prince George’s County,
leading this effort.


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 Center

WEBINAR: Lead with Equity – recording


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

11 Terms You Should Know to Better Understand Structural Racism

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

AWAKE TO WOKE TO WORK- Building a Race Equity Culture

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

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Nonprofit Bylaws

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

Governance Documents: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Nonprofits

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.


Prepared by the Center
Nonprofit Leadership Series for Black Professionals (SOLD OUT)