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, and equitable workforce. Nonprofit HR deeply values and prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). We are attuned to the strength and value that DEI brings to every organization. We are in-tune with the richness of experience, perspective, and collaboration that a diverse and equitable workforce brings. Diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices enrich the lives of organizations and transform the way we serve and engage communities. See our statement of Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Talent Management Practices and Leadership.

Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging 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 a DEI thought partner or help with Diversity Strategy Planning, Development, Design and Implementation? Visit our DEI Practice page.


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Employee Engagement & Belonging Practices in Nonprofits

How high on the scale would your employees rank their sense of belonging in your organization? It is not enough to assume that your employees feel connected and like they belong at work. The third-highest driver for voluntary turnover in organizations, 26.2%, was dissatisfaction and disengagement with current organizational culture according to Nonprofit HR’s 2019 Retention Practices Survey. Belonging is linked to increased job performance and can strengthen employee engagement. Understanding the extent to which your diverse staff feels a part of the culture is an important data set to understand.



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

Here’s How to Determine if You Should Wait!

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.)

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,

Antagonists, Advocates, and Allies, Catrice M. Jackson

“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” Peggy McIntosh

Research Guides: White Privilege Resource Guide



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…