Appendix A: Overview of Content

 

Module 1: Creating a Structure for Your Initiative: People and Communications

In this module, you will learn about the roles and responsibilities of the executive director, board of directors, staff, and key volunteers and determine the roles and responsibilities for people in your organization. You will also:

  • Learn about the responsibilities of an Inclusiveness Committee and the Inclusiveness Committee chairperson, review a sample job description for Inclusiveness Committee members, and learn how to form your Inclusiveness Committee.
  • Learn how to engage other members of your organization in the work of becoming more inclusive, and determine audiences and methods of communication so that all appropriate people know about the initiative, its progress, and how they can participate.

Module 2: Inclusiveness Training

In this module, you will be introduced to inclusiveness training (often known as diversity training) and the role of training in relation to the other elements of an inclusiveness blueprint. You will also:

  • Review a few of the most common training approaches and determine the approach that is most suitable for your organization.
  • Learn about how to set and manage expectations within your organization so that the training program is deemed successful by a majority of participants.
  • Decide important questions, such as who will participate in the training program, the format of the program, its timing and duration, how much you want to spend on training, and who will provide the training for your organization.

Module 3: Hiring Inclusiveness Consultants

In this module, you will begin by deciding whether or not to hire one or more consultants. If you choose to do so, then you will be given guidance on how to:

  • Determine the role for your consultant.
  • Determine the most appropriate type of training for your organization.
  • Determine how much money to spend on a consultant.
  • Decide who will be responsible for hiring a consultant.
  • Send out a Request for Proposals (RFP).
  • Complete the interview process.
  • Negotiate a contract with the consultant of your choice.

Module 4: Creating the Case for Inclusiveness

In this module, you will explore the benefits of inclusiveness for your organization as well as some of the potential costs of not being inclusive. You will also:

  • Develop definitions for diversity and inclusiveness for your organization.
  • Create a case statement for inclusiveness for your organization.

Module 5: Information Gathering Part 1, Available Facts

In this module, you will be introduced to the purpose and format of the information-gathering process. You will also develop an in-depth plan for collecting available facts regarding inclusiveness in relation to your community, your field, and your organization. Specifically, you will:

  • Decide what facts are most relevant for your organization.
  • Make a determination about the sources of information you will use.
  • Decide who will be responsible for gathering these facts.
  • Gather the facts.

Module 6: Information Gathering Part 2, Stakeholder Perspectives

In this module, you will develop an in-depth plan for collecting stakeholder perspectives regarding your organization in relation to inclusiveness. Specifically, you will:

  • Identify the internal and external stakeholders whose opinions you will seek regarding your organization's inclusiveness practices.
  • Determine the specific questions and topics you will ask stakeholders about.
  • Determine which data collection tool (focus group, survey, or interview) is most appropriate.
  • Determine who will be responsible for each data collection activity.
  • Collect the data.

Module 7: Information Gathering Part 3, Compiling Results

In this module, you will be provided with a method for compiling the information you collected in Modules 5 and 6. You will also:

  • Decide who will be responsible for compiling the available facts (gathering in Module 5) and the stakeholder perspectives (gathered in Module 6).
  • Compare pertinent community information with field data and organizational data.
  • Create spreadsheets to tabulate available facts and stakeholder perspectives that will be used as you create the inclusiveness blueprint.

Module 8: Creating the Framework for an Inclusiveness Blueprint

In this module, you will learn about and create the framework for your organization's inclusiveness blueprint. In addition, you will:

  • Prioritize two to four categories that you will focus on for your inclusiveness blueprint.
  • Preview the work that is ahead of you in Modules 9-16.
  • Review your progress to date and check in how your internal process is working.
  • Celebrate the accomplishments that you have already made toward becoming a more inclusive organization.

Please note that every organization should go through a process to determine its highest priorities for creating a more inclusive organization, based on data collected during the information-gathering process. Most organizations will only prioritize two to four areas at a time. Therefore, most organizations will not complete all of Modules 9-16 at once; rather they will choose only two to four modules to complete for the inclusiveness blueprint.

Module 9: Mission and Organizational Values

In this module, you will:

  • Review information about inclusiveness in relation to mission and organizational values.
  • Analyze the data from the information-gathering process that pertain to mission and organizational values.
  • Review a series of concrete suggestions for developing more inclusive mission and organizational values statements.
  • Establish goals and objectives for your work on mission and values statements that will be integrated into your inclusiveness blueprint.

Module 10: Board of Directors

In this module, you will:

  • Learn what it means to have an inclusive board of directors.
  • Articulate the benefits of creating a more inclusive and diverse board of directors.
  • Analyze the data from the information-gathering process that pertain to the board of directors.
  • Review a series of concrete suggestions for creating a more inclusive and diverse board of directors that focuses on creating a more inclusive board environment, building the pipeline of prospects for board service, and recruiting people of color for the board of directors.
  • Establish goals and objectives for your board of directors that will be integrated into the inclusiveness blueprint.

Module 11: Personnel

In this module, you will:

  • Learn about diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace.
  • Articulate benefits of creating a more inclusive and diverse staff.
  • Articulate costs of not creating a more inclusive and diverse staff.
  • Analyze the data from the information-gathering process that pertain to the staff.
  • Review a series of concrete suggestions that focus on recruiting and retaining a more diverse staff and examine personnel policies that can help improve inclusiveness for your organization.
  • Establish goals and objectives for your staff that will be integrated into the inclusiveness blueprint.

Module 12: Organizational Culture

In this module, you will:

  • See a definition and explanation of organizational culture.
  • Explore some of the ways in which organizational culture affects inclusiveness within organizations.
  • Learn about three different types of cultures that may hinder or help develop inclusiveness within an organization as well as eight characteristics of inclusive organizational cultures.
  • Analyze the data from the information-gathering process that pertain to organizational culture.
  • Review a series of concrete suggestions for creating a more inclusive organizational culture.
  • Establish goals and objectives for your organizational culture that will be integrated into the inclusiveness blueprint.

Module 13: Volunteers and Helpers

In this module, you will:

  • Learn about some of the cultural factors that influence volunteering and helping in the nonprofit sector.
  • Consider the benefits to your organization of having a diverse base of volunteers and helpers.
  • Explore the benefits that people of color may experience when they volunteers for your organization and the barriers that might prevent them from wanting to volunteer for your organization.
  • Analyze the data from the information-gathering process that pertain to volunteers and helpers.
  • Review a series of concrete suggestions for developing a more diverse and inclusive base of volunteers.
  • Establish goals and objectives for developing a more diverse and inclusive base of volunteers and helpers that will be integrated into the inclusiveness blueprint.

Module 14: Programs and Constituents

In this module, you will:

  • Learn about inclusiveness in relation to the constituents of nonprofit organizations.
  • Articulate your organization's primary, secondary, and potential constituents.
  • Look at examples of how nonprofit organizations have become more inclusive of communities of color by making programmatic changes.
  • Articulate the benefits of creating more inclusive programs and a more diverse constituency.
  • Analyze the data from the information-gathering process that pertain to programs and constituents.
  • Review a series of concrete suggestions for developing more inclusive programs and a more diverse constituency.
  • Establish goals and objectives for developing more inclusive programs and a more diverse constituency that will be integrated into the inclusiveness blueprint.

Module 15: Marketing and Community Relations

In this module, you will:

  • Learn about what it means to have an inclusive community relations and marketing strategy.
  • Articulate the benefits of creating a more inclusive community relation and marketing strategy.
  • Analyze the data from the information-gathering process that pertain to community relations and marketing.
  • Review a series of concrete suggestions for developing a more inclusive community relations and marketing strategy.
  • Establish goals and objectives for develop more inclusive marketing and community relations strategies that will be integrated into the inclusiveness blueprint.

Module 16: Fundraising and Membership

In this module, you will:

  • Learn about inclusive fundraising and membership strategies.
  • Examine the benefits of creating fundraising and/or membership development strategies that reach out to diverse communities.
  • Analyze the data from the information-gathering process that pertain to fundraising and membership.
  • Review a series of concrete suggestions for developing more inclusive fundraising and membership strategies.
  • Establish goals and objectives for developing more inclusive fundraising and membership strategies that will be integrated into the inclusiveness blueprint.

Module 17: Completing an Inclusiveness Blueprint

In this module, you will:

  • Review the purpose and outline of an inclusiveness blueprint from Module 8.
  • Review and update (if needed) the definitions of diversity and inclusiveness that you developed in Module 4.
  • Review and update (if needed) the case statement that you developed in Module 3.
  • Determine who will be responsible for writing, reviewing, and approving the blueprint.
  • Finalize the inclusiveness blueprint.

Module 18: Staying the Course

In this module, you will:

  • Develop methods to help ensure that people within your organization are accountable for implementation and evaluation of the blueprint.
  • Determine new responsibilities for the Inclusiveness Committee.
  • Review all the steps you completed to reach this point.
  • Recognize and celebrate the achievements you've made on your journey to becoming more inclusive!

 

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