Tips for Building Staff Diversity

TSNE’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative is a unique resource for nonprofits working to create inclusive organizational cultures that support equal opportunity and access to power and influence.

TSNE’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative was a unique resource for nonprofits working to create inclusive organizational cultures that support equal opportunity and access to power and influence.

After nearly 2 decades of working with grantees and the larger community, the program has identified key drivers required to ensure success in building diversity. These include:

  • A diversity committee/task force, representing all levels of the nonprofit organization, that regularly communicates with the entire organization
  • Unflinching commitment by the CEO to convey the benefits of organizational diversity to the organization’s mission, vision and values
  • An organization-wide assessment or cultural audit to determine major challenges and barriers
  • Prioritizing those challenges
  • A clear designation of key participants, action steps and timelines to address challenges
  • Skill-building for moving beyond differences to develop an organizational language and culture of inclusiveness
  • Alignment of diversity planning with the organization’s strategic plan, so the former includes an assessment of funding and other resources needed to support the effort
  • A consultant to facilitate developing and implementing a diversity plan
  • Evaluation of progress at regular intervals
  • Reassessment of priorities as needed

Download our report "Achieving Diversity in the Nonprofit Workplace: A Step-by-Step Guide."

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