How Nonprofits Can Develop a Vision of Success and Executive Commitment for DEI

One of the key components of a charitable nonprofit’s mission and business plan is its CEO’s vision of success. Your vision defines your nonprofit’s goals and ambitions and should be ingrained into your organization’s culture and environment. Without a clear vision in place, how will your team know what to work toward?

Charitable nonprofit organizations shine a light on what’s possible when people come together for the greater good. These noble efforts must include consideration of diversity – in every facet – to be successful. That’s why diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the nonprofit sector is so important. Without DEI as part of the framework of the nonprofit structure, achieving the goals of the organization may seem disingenuous to the communities they serve.

Vision of Success For Nonprofit DEI

Each nonprofit regardless of industry, size, or type of public benefit, has a unique business case for diversity and definition of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) success. If this Vision of Success is not clearly defined upfront, the DEI initiative will be perceived as a “feel good” effort rather than a business imperative. A clearly defined, well-articulated Vision of Success, which is strongly supported by top management, helps all organization stakeholders buy in and become actively involved in achieving DEI success.

  • As the National Council of Nonprofits explains, just standing up for equity and justice is not enough. It’s imperative for nonprofits to model those values within the organization, starting by “acknowledging the implicit/unconscious bias that may exist.”
  • Additionally, the National Council of Nonprofits states that the goal is to “start with honest internal dialogue that encourages your staff and board members to reflect, listen to each other, and learn from one another’s experiences.”

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Nonprofit Executive Commitment and Alignment For DEI

Most nonprofits have made slow progress toward the critical issues of DEI in recent decades, but societal and cultural shifts in the last few years have accelerated the pace of change — and along with it, the need for new approaches and solutions to boost DEI in the nonprofit workplace.

Leadership engagement, not only at the beginning but throughout every step of the nonprofit organization’s DEI journey is crucial to achieving the desired business outcomes and sustainability of the DEI efforts. Most nonprofit boards, CEOs, and senior executive team members want to demonstrate their commitment to DEI and role model inclusion but struggle with translating that desire into day-to-day leadership actions.

At Inclusive Leaders Group, we support nonprofit executives with the Nonprofit Executive Commitment Journey executive education experience providing:

  • Diverse perspectives both from academic experts and business professionals, including multiple guest speakers who discuss DEI efforts in their own organization or area of DEI expertise.
  • A holistic view of diversity that goes beyond race and gender to also address issues of class, accessibility, and more.
  • Real-world applications where participants can employ DEI concepts via a tangible takeaway: Creating a DEI strategic roadmap for their own organizations.

The Nonprofit DEI Executive Commitment Journey is designed to help Board Members, C-Level Executives, Presidents and Vice Presidents, Business Unit Leaders, and their direct reports understand the importance of DEI in the nonprofit workplace and gain actionable insights and strategies to support DEI within their organizations. It features diverse perspectives from both academia and industry, including Inclusive Leaders Group’s Certified Diversity Professional ® (CDP) instructors who provide a holistic view of diversity that goes beyond race, gender, ethnicity, and class with the goal of increasing exposure, raising funds,  recruit more volunteers, recruit more donors, and increase donation channels. By the end of the program, participants will be prepared to develop or revitalize a DEI strategy for their current organization.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program participants will be able to:

  • Articulate and demonstrate the rationale and SMART goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within your nonprofit organization
  • Recognize individual and organizational factors that lead to discrimination
  • Lead all audiences toward a sustained commitment to DEI
  • Lead all staff in valuing differences
  • Sponsor and support DEI Initiatives
  • Develop a DEI strategic plan aligned with your overall nonprofit strategic plan

If you would like to learn more about Inclusive Leaders Group’s Nonprofit Executive DEI Commitment  Journey, contact us or schedule a virtual call.

At Inclusive Leaders Group (ILG), we help leaders create safe, inclusive spaces that elevate employee engagement and performance to improve the business results and the communities they serve. Our clients rank among the top five markets with 98% action plan completion using our proven process to enhance and sustain results.

ILG is a Certified Woman-Owned & Minority-Owned Business. Don’t go it alone with your DEI strategy. Go with the experts. At Inclusive Leaders Group, our Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging services include strategic advisory consulting, executive education, HR and leadership development, and assessments. Our diverse consulting team will guide you through the development of progressive, evidence-based, business-driven DEI strategies to retain the best talent and increase employee engagement by 30% and overall satisfaction by 10% in one year. For more information on how to build a robust diversity recruitment strategy, reach out to us today please VISIT US



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