Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Toolkit FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should my nonprofit care about diversity, equity, and inclusion? How do I explain the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion to my staff or coworkers?

An organization that represents its community has better outcomes and more proven impact. Nonprofits are stewards of our collective resources. A majority of support for nonprofits comes directly or indirectly from the public. Therefore, being representative and inclusive of the population identified by a nonprofit’s mission and goals is key to maintaining public trust, supporting organizational sustainability, and fostering effectiveness. A diverse, equitable, and inclusive nonprofit strives to serve its community by incorporating the diversity of those impacted by their work in solutions; it also tracks gaps, progress, and successes of inclusion efforts. Nonprofits are stronger when they include a variety of experiences, perspectives, and skills, and utilize practices that nurture creativity and equity.

Learn more about Charities Review Council’s Accountability Standards®.

What if my Board isn’t on board to take the assessment?

As the primary stewards of your organization’s mission, strategy and financial health, your board should be focused on delivering mission impact and healthy finances. Knowing how your organization reflects your community is part of that. However, if your organization isn’t open to taking a critical look at it’s governance, maybe this isn’t the place for you to start. Consider hosting Equity in Governance as a learning topic for your next board meeting. Bring this for required reading.

I’ve taken the assessment, now what?

Set your three main goals using our Project Champion Dashboard, work those goals, and then take the assessment again to track your progress. Stay tuned for more features to be added to the Toolkit in 2017 and beyond.

Do you have any other resources for building a more diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment?

This is the beta version of the Toolkit, and in 2017, Charities Review Council will be adding a significant amount of new features and resources to the Toolkit to help you steward the process internally. While the first phase is largely an assessment to help you address your current processes, you can find a large number of resources in the “Works Consulted” section of the Toolkit.

How much does it cost?

The cost to access the beta version of the toolkit is $500. Pricing is subject to change in future releases.

Should I wait until the Toolkit is out of beta to start using it?

We highly recommend starting the assessment process in your organization as soon as possible. Completing the self-administered process will put you in a prime position to further the conversations once the full version of the Toolkit is released.

Questions? Contact toolkit@smartgivers.org

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