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
If you are furthering your inclusiveness work, visit
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.