Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) have taken on new meaning in today’s environment. Never before have we seen such a level of urgency among social sector leaders to “get it right” and to do so quickly.

DEI Thought Partnership

Our experiences working with social impact organizations of all sizes have informed how we work with our clients across missions, locations, size and purposes. Sometimes knowing where and how to embark on your organization’s work in diversity, equity and inclusion can be the hardest step. It is not uncommon for nonprofits, associations, philanthropists and social enterprises to struggle with where to begin their DEI journeys and how to shepherd in a more just organization.

We’re here to: Listen to you, share our expertise, and help you arrive at what makes sense for you and your team.

Our in-house talent management leaders provide expert-level thought partnership aimed at working with organizations to uncover where inequities exist within their systems and providing strategic guidance to revise or create new, equitable systems.​ We will help challenge your thinking; change your paradigms, assumptions, and actions; and urge you to innovate in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion in a way that recognizes the unique internal and external factors impacting your organization.

Equity Strategy Planning, Development, Design & Implementation

Before launching into any DEI initiative, it is important for an organization to explore how becoming more equitable and just aligns to the mission, strategy and goals. Second, there must be the willingness to commit both time and resources. Nonprofit HR works with client organizations to thought partner and facilitate the planning, development, design and implementation of DEI initiatives. Our services require that we first understand your organization’s work and the environment in which you do it before taking any action toward building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace.

Our primary focus: To listen and to understand your needs. Doing so enables us to design solutions that will meet your organization’s unique environment in a way that is grounded in best practices and DEI-centered principles.

New Resource

2021 Nonprofit Diversity Practices with New Survey Results

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.

Comprehensive Equity Assessments

Our equity assessment work involves the collection and analysis of organizational information to determine the extent to which your mission, programs and operations are equitable for each member of your team. Our internal assessment work involves a deep examination of all aspects of your talent management ecosystem, from workplace planning and hiring, to total rewards, to performance and culture management through to succession and transition planning. Each component of your talent management program is reviewed with the goal of both identifying and addressing strengths and weaknesses related to equity. We also offer external assessment services to help organizations better understand both the operating environment as well as the specific needs of stakeholder groups and gauge if they are providing equitable impact to their constituents.

We’re ready to partner with you! Reach out to us now to get your organization’s comprehensive equity assessment started.

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. DEI expert Emily Holthaus and team of experienced DEI consultants will lead this work for Nonprofit HR. Read the full release

Customized DEI and Racial Justice-Centered Training (Board, Leadership & Staff) & Facilitation

Training is a critical component of any successful DEI strategy. Whether we are assisting you with designing DEI-based training or simply delivering it, our ultimate goal is to drive for learning programs and services aimed at shifting behavior and creating meaningful and impactful change within your organization.

Whether delivered virtually or in person, our customized training programs empower your teams with the knowledge and actionable tools necessary to live in and contribute to a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization. Our expert learning and development facilitators help your board, leadership and staff understand and take ownership of the actions necessary to create the kind of racially just workplaces needed in today’s world and in the world of the future.

Nonprofit HR’s DEI-focused facilitation services provide a neutral, yet experienced presence that can listen, translate and help advance your organization’s efforts to create a collective DEI vision or identify roadblocks to difficult yet honest, authentic discussion and discovery. Our work in this space is designed to help you articulate discussion goals and outcomes; determine the essential discussion participants needed to facilitate discovery; help you set a clear, actionable agenda; and create a plan that you can use to inform your organization’s DEI journey.

Need immediate training or a customized experience that addresses what’s important to you? Contact us to learn more about our offerings and to customize an experience for your organization.

  • DEI-centered executive coaching: Nonprofit HR’s approach to executive coaching is aimed at ensuring that leaders are able to effectively interact with colleagues who represent the various dimensions of diversity. We ensure that executives are able to lead from a posture of inclusivity and that they are attuned to the needs of populations that are oftentimes marginalized in the workplace. This begins with an assessment of the executive’s leadership style and an exercise to explore unconscious bias. We thought partner with executives to help them arrive at their own conclusions around the importance of being an effective leader with a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. DEI executive coaching sessions are provided in 1-hour increments on a monthly or semi-monthly basis.
  • Applying an equity lens to support the reimagination of HR systems such as compensation, culture and HR assessments: Auditing HR practices and systems is essential to ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local laws, as well as achieving optimal functionality. Equally important is ensuring that HR practices and systems are equitable as organizations work toward achieving strategic goals and objectives. Our HR assessment begins with information gathering to understand the current landscape and how your HR systems are operating. We do this examination with an eye toward equity, highlighting policies and practices that could result in inequitable treatment for employees and making recommendations to better serve employees with DEI-focused HR systems.
  • Diversity prioritization within retained search: At Nonprofit HR, we understand that executive search is not just a recruitment activity, but an opportunity to define your organization and the change it will drive for years to come. Our executive search process is collaborative and focused. With your organization’s specific goals in mind, and efforts rooted in DEI best practices, we work in partnership with you to find the best, most qualified executives to lead your mission. We cast a wide net to ensure that candidate pools are diverse, to include diversity in national origin, language, race, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, veteran status, family structures, and differences of thought and life experiences.
  • Interim Equity Officer, DEI Outsourced and Strategic Advisory Partnership Engagements: Nonprofit HR’s Strategic Advisory Partnership engagements benefit organizations that have a need for periodic DEI thought partnership or interim Equity Officer support. Our services include advisory support for the integration of DEI within HR systems and processes; individual one-hour DEI executive coaching sessions provided monthly or semi-monthly; design and facilitation of DEI learning opportunities as needed (interrupting bias or other topics); and general DEI strategic thought partnership on an as-needed basis.

Reach out to us today to help you create a customized experience that addresses what’s important to you.

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