Putting Your Case Statement into Action
This worksheet was created by The Denver Foundation's Inclusiveness Project (http://www.nonprofitinclusiveness.org/) to support organizations doing inclusiveness work.
Write your organization's case statement below:
Use the space below to document your plan for putting your organization's case statement into action.
When your case statement is completed, post it somewhere in the organization where people can see it. This will give your staff and volunteers a clear reminder of why you are engaging in this work. The statement also will remind them to give you feedback on its relevance as you continue to engage in an inclusiveness initiative.
Once your organization has made its case for doing inclusiveness work, The Denver Foundation hopes your organization will choose to engage in an ongoing inclusiveness initiative. 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). A concerted, organized effort is much more effective than disconnected short-term activities.
You will revisit your case statement when you engage in an ongoing inclusiveness initiative: you will celebrate your accomplishments; you will communicate your case statement to your stakeholders so all are bought in to the inclusiveness work; you will create a blueprint, which will include your case statement; and you will review your case statement throughout the process so that it continues to reflect your purposes.
Name of Organization __________________________________________
Date Worksheet Completed _________
- Step 1: Creating Structure
- Step 2: Consultants/Training
- Step 3: Making the Case
- How to Make the Case for Inclusiveness in Your Organization
- Definitions (NARRATIVE)
- Who Are Your Stakeholders?
- Reasons for Doing Inclusiveness Work: The Four Imperatives
- Caution: A Color-Blind Approach is Ineffective
- Benefits from Being More Inclusive
- Identifying Internal and External Stakeholders
- Visualizing Greater Inclusiveness
- How Inclusiveness Will Advance Your Mission
- Sample Case Statements
- How You Currently Engage with the People You Serve
- Benefits from Being More Inclusive (SUMMARY)
- Costs of Not Being Inclusive
- How Your Organization Articulates the Four Imperatives
- Putting Your Case Statement into Action
- Step 4: Gathering Info
- Step 5: Creating a Blueprint
- Step 6: Implementing the Blueprint
- Sample Documents
- Next Steps for Your Organization