Non-profit organizations are not immune to the institutional racism that pervades the larger society within which we exist. However, our sector is developing pathbreaking initiatives to be more reflective of all segments of that society. In so doing, we are transformed, developing greater respect for and appreciation of cultural, gender, ability, class and orientation differences – and becoming more effective organizations. The following articles and resources provide proven ideas and activities to help you build a more diverse, inclusive nonprofit.
- Community Change Inc.
Operates the Yvonne Pappenheim Library, a free lending library located in Boston that contains over 3000 materials on racism and diversity; Community Change also offers trainings and consulting, a newsletter and links to other organizations and resources
Operates a diversity magazine; web site offers a career center, resource guide, links to articles and the DiversityInc Foundation
- Diversity Resources, Inc.
Offers an online store of diversity books, videos and training materials
- D.L. Plummer and Associates
Website offers a resource page on diversity books, articles and personal assessments
- The Alliance for Nonprofit Management
Offers a Cultural Competency Resource Page specifically designed for use by nonprofits
- Adams, Maurianne, ed et al. 2013. Readings for Diversity and Social Justice. New York: Routledge.
- Cross, Elsie. 2000. Managing Diversity: The Courage to Lead. Westport, CT: Quorum Books.
- Thomas, R. Roosevelt, and Marjorie Woodruff. 1999. Building a House for Diversity. New York: American Management Associations.
- The Nonprofit Quarterly. “Race and Power.” Summer 2002. Volume 9, Issue 2. (This issue is currently SOLD-OUT)
Videos on Diversity and Inclusion
- What’s the difference between diversity and inclusion?
- Why should nonprofits concern themselves with diversity?
- What do I need to keep in mind when implementing a diversity initiative?
- What are the important elements of a diversity strategy?
- How can a nonprofit manager who is a member of the dominant culture begin to shift perspective?
- How do I as an individual promote diversity in my organization?
- A Conversation with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson