10 Years 10 Stories

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Adrienne Mansanares and Lauren Casteel 
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In 2001, The Denver Foundation embarked upon an uncharted journey to provide tools to help nonprofits broach conversations about race, ethnicity, and inclusiveness within their organizations.  Thanks to all of you who partnered with us that first decade; we have made a definite impact on the Metro Denver nonprofit community (and on communities throughout the United States as well!). 

There is much yet to be done to elevate the conversation about inclusiveness, and we encourage your continued input. Below, please share your ideas about what the Inclusiveness Project can do to further impact the work of the nonprofit sector over the next ten years.  You can always call or email us as well - Adrienne Mansanares - 303-300-1790 x 145, or amansanares@denverfoundation.org.

Thank you for all you do to advance inclusiveness and equity!


Lauren Casteel                                                                    Adrienne Mansanares
Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships                Manager of the Inclusiveness Project


Here are just a few events of the Inclusiveness Project's first ten years:

2001     Creation of Expanding Nonprofit Inclusiveness Initiative (ENII).
Focus groups on race and ethnicity.

2002     Initial Research about inclusiveness practices in the nonprofit sector.

2003     Publication “Inside Inclusiveness”.
Three original three grantees selected.

2004     Development of a four-year strategic plan.

2005     “Inclusiveness at Work” workbook published.
Conference - “Diversity and Beyond.”

2006     Creation of Learning Community (12 grantees).
Pipeline research complete: “A Report from the Pipeline” published.

2007     Nonprofit Internship Program launched.
Series of inclusiveness workshops for nonprofits and individuals.

2007     Conference – “Building Inclusiveness: Stories from the Journey.”
ENII becomes Inclusiveness Project, an ongoing program at The Denver Foundation.  Full-time Program
Officer hired to manage the program.

2008     A question about inclusive practices added to Common Grant Application.
Evaluation shows that inclusiveness is a strategic tool for increasing. programmatic effectiveness, staff
morale, and community collaboration.
Inclusiveness Collaborative created – The original group of grantees continue to meet for peer to peer
New Website launched

2009     Creation of a new learning community.
Creation of Colorado Funders for Inclusiveness and Equity.
Board Access and Empowerment Summit
Publication of “Why Inclusiveness?
The Denver Foundatio is honored with the Council on Foundation's prestigious Critical Impact Award.

2010    Step Up Your Game Nonprofit and Board Development Trainings and Summit.