Governance Documents: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Nonprofits

The Center for Effective Philanthropy reports that 70% of organizational leaders in the nonprofit sector consider staff diversity to be of great importance, yet only 36% believe they have actually achieved it. Nonprofit organizations that fight to improve social problems should consider incorporating explicit language on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their governance documents in attempt to achieve “race equity” (defined by Equity in Centre as “the condition where one’s race identity has no influence on how one fares in society”). A sector dedicated to the benefit of the public should be at the forefront of encompassing DEI provisions, and nonprofits should accept the responsibility of taking appropriate action to remove inequalities within their own organizations. In the nonprofit sector, there is an evident racial leadership gap. According to Building Movement Project’s report, “Race to Lead:…

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