2021 Nonprofit Diversity Practices: with New Survey Results2021 Nonprofit Diversity Practices

For the second consecutive year, Nonprofit HR surveyed nonprofits in North America about their diversity efforts and collected data from for-profit social enterprises for the first time. This 2021 report is complemented by results of the Fall 2020 diversity study that captured how national events have impacted progress made by nonprofits since the 2019 survey was published. In addition to detailed survey results, the report includes a compilation of editorials submitted by DEI, talent management and social impact researchers and experts across the sector.

We invite you to access and download this resource for research, insight and tools you can immediately use to advance your organization’s commitment to creating a vibrant and equitable workplace and workforce.

In Recent News

American Dental Education Association (ADEA), Nonprofit HR Partner to Conduct Momentous Climate Assessment Survey

Survey to include 78 dental schools and 800+ allied dental programs in the United States and Canada

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is partnering with Nonprofit HR to conduct a momentous dental education-wide climate assessment survey that will collect baseline data on DEI at U.S. and Canadian dental schools and allied dental programs. The survey will include all 78 dental schools and 800+ allied dental programs across both countries. This inaugural climate assessment is a crucial step in assisting all institutions with measuring perceptions regarding the campus climate as one supportive of inclusion, equality and equitable outcomes for all stakeholders. Read the full release

Nonprofit HR’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Welcome to Nonprofit HR’s resources page for diversity practices in talent management. Here, you will find critical resources to assist you in your journey toward building a more inclusive, equitable workforce. Nonprofit HR is committed to fostering and maintaining a work environment where equity, diversity, inclusion and justice (EDIJ) are fully integrated into everything we do for the benefit of our employees and the clients that we serve. To fully realize our goal, we prioritize our understanding of the complexities of EDIJ within our workforce to inform our approach to talent management. We believe that this guides how we do our work, advise our clients to operationalize EDIJ and position our content and educational opportunities to help strengthen the talent management capacity of the social impact sector. See the full statement.

Equity, diversity, inclusion and justice have taken on new meaning in today’s environment. Never before have we seen such a level of urgency among social sector leadership to “get it right” and quickly. Does your organization need an EDIJ thought partner or help with Diversity Strategy Planning, Development, Design and Implementation? Visit our EDIJ Practice page.

2021 DEI Insights

Nonprofit HR has received many questions from social impact organizations and has decided to share the responses with the public. Visit this page to see new questions and answers your peers are asking about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in their organizations.

What Equity and Anti-Racism Ask Of Us

We live in a time when we are called to act on our values in small and huge ways; in each of these moments, we choose nothing less than to undo or uphold racism.

There is no neutrality in racism. To act in accordance with an American culture that is built on and steeped in racism is to further legitimize the systemically inequitable practices and structures. To be a force for equity, we are called to embrace disruption, to act against the grain.



Check out past webinar recordings for more EDIJ insight!

 Staying the Course: Sustaining Your Organization’s DEI During Times of Crisis

Have your diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts stalled due to the unpredictable events of 2020 and 2021? During this session, we will explore actionable methods that can be applied within your organization to regain momentum for your DEI efforts during turbulent, unpredictable times.

Conservation host: Emily Holthaus, Managing Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Nonprofit HR.

Championing Health Equity Within Your Organization

In collaboration with Nonstop Administration & Insurance Services, Inc.Nonprofit HR hosted a special conversation about how employee health benefits, when viewed through a lens of equity, can positively impact employee recruitment and retention, and also employee productivity and engagement.

Speakers: Lisa Brown Alexander, President & CEO, Nonprofit HR and David Sloves, CEO of Nonstop Administration & Insurance Services.

Anxious to launch an equity, diversity, inclusion & justice program at your nonprofit?

America and Americans have been challenged to acknowledge the unresolved, centuries-old crises of race, racism and racial inequity. George Floyd’s murder at the hands of those paid to serve and protect him, and the nation’s response to it, has caused us to once again face the ugly truths of police brutality, inequity and injustice lived daily by Black people all across this nation, and around the world. Even more tragic and heartbreaking is that there were and will be more victims like George Floyd. Read more!

How Should You Talk With Employees About Racism?

Understanding race and race equity is a process,” says Lisa Brown Alexander, president and CEO of Nonprofit HR. “Most people are socialized around certain beliefs and perceptions, and it’s not easy to unpack those overnight. So admitting that you’re at the beginning is the first step.” Read more!


Additional Resources

The Nonprofit World Responds to the Killing of George Floyd

via The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Access to multiple reports on race and leadership in the nonprofit sector

via Race2Lead

“Talking About Race” Portal 

via Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

AWAKE to WOKE to WORK: Building a Race Equity Culture

via Equity in the Center

Diversity Still Matters

via McKinsey Quarterly

Related Content:

Washington Post journalist Jonathan Capehart interviews Robin DiAngelo, the author of White Fragility (40 min.) https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/cape-up/the-author-of-white-fragility-doesnt-think-most-white-people-care-about-racial-injustice/

13TH, about the history of racial inequality in the United States (on Netflix)

TEDx talk by Graciela Mohamedi, Screaming into the Silence: How to be an ally, not a savior, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2qAbp-t_FY

Antagonists, Advocates, and Allies, Catrice M. Jackson

“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” Peggy McIntosh https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf

Research Guides: White Privilege Resource Guide https://guides.usfca.edu/c.php?g=840974&p=7603639



When was the last time that your organization reviewed its diversity statement? Perhaps the recent global events have created a new opportunity. If you are seeking information on whether or not a diversity statement matters, or if your current statement should be updated to reflect your core values, mission and vision, the answer is yes! While a diversity statement is not a strategy for talent management, it is a critical, public-facing opportunity to declare your commitment to equity and inclusion.

As you begin or reignite the statement-writing process, consider the following questions:

  1. How long ago was our diversity statement written?
  2. Is it part of our employee onboarding materials?
  3. Is it part of our employer branding program?
  4. Is the language current and inclusive?
  5. How easy is it for the employee and stakeholders to find?


See Past Nonprofit Diversity Practices Survey Responses!

Download a recent report which includes never before compiled data about diversity practices of social impact organizations across North America.
Included in the report you will learn about organizations that have:

  • a formal diversity statement and strategy
  • tips for strengthening your organization’s diversity statement
  • what organizations report as their greatest diversity challenges
  • diversity training tips
  • diversity metrics
  • and much more, including demographic data

Related Sources and Stories


Spotlight Recording: Grief, Trauma & Depression During a Crisis: How it Shows Up, How to Manage it

From addressing employee stress to adapting in-person practices into virtual solutions, download a nonprofit-focused webinar series that delivers superior professional development at the click of a button! These webinars were recorded and archived for convenient on-demand access and we are happy to share them with you! Please refer to the list below, access the full library of video presentations, and watch the ones that appeal to you.

As employee grief continues to manifest itself in the workplace, leaders and HR professionals are faced with how to manage this among their staff.