How To Get Started

 

Welcome! If you are reading this, you're likely interested in helping your organization become more inclusive of people of color, and perhaps more inclusive of other diverse communities as well.

The first step to becoming more inclusive is to make a commitment to learn more about inclusiveness. This website is designed to help nonprofit organizations of all sizes and purposes learn about inclusiveness.

 

Focus on Race and Ethnicity

While The Denver Foundation values all forms of inclusiveness, the primary focus of these materials is to help nonprofit organizations learn how to become more inclusive of people of color. Please read our reasons for doing so. (Note: The term "people of color" is used throughout this website to refer collectively to African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Hispanic/Latino Americans, multiracial individuals, and all other persons who are not categorized as white by the U.S. Census.)

 

Is This Website Valuable for Organizations That Want to Address Race, Ethnicity, AND Other Types of Diversity?

Yes, the worksheets have been developed in such a way that organizations that are interested in addressing issues of other diverse communities can use them, too. And there are specific suggestions for expanding beyond race and ethnicity.

 

 

We invite you to journey into inclusiveness by entering any of our eight "doors."

 

If you are just getting started, visit

Research/Learn More About Inclusiveness OR

Presentations/Request a Presentation OR

Stories/Review Stories, Lessons Learned, and Best Practices

 

If you are furthering your inclusiveness work, visit

Inclusiveness Initiative/Consider a Comprehensive Inclusiveness Initiative OR

Consultants-Training/Find Consultants and Training Resources OR

Connections/Connect with Others OR

Beyond Race and Ethnicity/Expand Beyond Race and Ethnicity OR

Ongoing Efforts/Keep Your Inclusiveness Efforts Going

 

An inclusiveness initiative is a concerted, organized effort on the part of an organization to become more inclusive of people of color (and other diverse groups, if your organization has decided to have a broader focus for its current initiative). As described by The Denver Foundation's Inclusiveness Project, an inclusiveness initiative includes six overall steps:

Step 1: Creating a structure.

Step 2: Engaging in inclusiveness/diversity training and hiring consultants/trainers.

Step 3: Defining inclusiveness and diversity and creating the case for inclusiveness for your organization.

Step 4: Gathering information and conducting research.

Step 5: Creating an inclusiveness blueprint.

Step 6: Implementing the inclusiveness blueprint.

 

The Denver Foundation Inclusiveness Project heartily encourages organizations to make this concerted, organized effort rather than approaching inclusiveness as a number of disconnected short-term activities. According to Inside Inclusiveness: Race, Ethnicity, and Nonprofit Organizations, a research report on nonprofit organizations in Metro Denver prepared for The Denver Foundation's Inclusiveness Project:

  • The most important quality that is found in leaders of organizations that are highly inclusive is that these leaders take a long-term, holistic approach to inclusiveness and integrate it into all of the work of the organization.
  • Rather than considering inclusiveness to be one more thing that has to be done in a busy day, it is a fundamental part of the everyday work. It is neither perceived as a burden nor an additional responsibility.
  • In highly inclusive organizations, leaders and the teams that they assemble are constantly working with the external world to be responsive to communities of color and their needs, and they are intentional about working internally with their staff and board to create a welcoming environment and to expand people's knowledge and awareness of different cultures in myriad ways.

 

Professor John A Powell

Greetings, I am one of the many individuals who were able to take advantage of the lecture of Professor John A. Powell. I cannot say enough how blessed I was to have many of the myths and stereotypes of racism challenged with psychological facts and exercises. After the lecture I spoke with Professor Powell regarding the information in the powerpoint, and his statement that we would be able to locate the information on the Denver Foundation website. I have perused your site and it is not apparent to me which is the correct path to follow to obtain the information. Please forward the correct path to follow or a direct link to download the powerpoint for further review and to allow the discussion to continue. You may email the information to: gospelcntro@gmail.com attention: Rev. Christene Duncan, Editor of GospelCNTRO.com Magazine. 888-853-6887

Post new comment

Type the characters shown in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated.