How Much Will It Cost to Complete an Inclusiveness Initiative
(Or To Do Less Comprehensive Inclusiveness Work)?
One of the factors to consider in an inclusiveness initiative (or less comprehensive inclusiveness work) is cost. The cost will depend upon your organization and how you decide to go about your inclusiveness work. Costs can usually be introduced gradually, as the process will take some time.
Remember that inclusiveness work is an investment in the long-term future of your organization. For your work to be successful, it is important that your organization have adequate resources in place. If your organization is ready to do inclusiveness work (perhaps even an inclusiveness initiative), but does not have funds available, you may wish to spend some time planning and setting funds aside in your budget or request financial support from individuals or institutions for a future time. Organizations that have funds available for work, but do not have time, should set aside those funds until they can commit staff and/or volunteer time and energy. The funds you'll need will depend on your organization's size, access to volunteer resources, and ability to devote staff time and energy.
Some of the cost variables might include:
- Whether or not you work with a consultant to manage the process.
- The extent to which you utilize consultants to gather data for the information-gathering process.
- The types of resources you employ to gather data during the information-gathering phase.
- How in-depth your inclusiveness/diversity training is.
- Whether or not you use external evaluators to measure your progress.
- Expenses of meetings.
Clearly, hiring consultants/trainers is the costliest potential expense of inclusiveness work.
Funding Options for Doing Inclusiveness Work
The following are some possible options for funding:
- Technical assistance resources may be available.
- A long-time donor who has interest in inclusiveness issues may be willing to make a donation to support your work.
- Use the resources devoted to your staff and board retreats by focusing those retreats on inclusiveness.
The Denver Foundation's TA Grant Information: If you are a 501(c)(3) organization that serves people in the seven-county metro Denver area and provides services in Arts & Culture, Civic & Education, Health, or Human Services, with annual operating revenues of up to $500,000, you may qualify to apply for a TA (Technical Assistance) Grant from The Denver Foundation.
- Step 1: Creating Structure
- Step 2: Consultants/Training
- Step 3: Making the Case
- Step 4: Gathering Info
- Step 5: Creating a Blueprint
- Step 6: Implementing the Blueprint
- Sample Documents
- Next Steps for Your Organization