Inclusiveness Project Efforts at the Individual Level
The project works with established leaders of color through intensive board trainings, held in partnership with metro Denver chambers of commerce.
The project also studied practices and outcomes of existing leadership programs in the metro Denver area and identified nine essential practices for promoting racial equity through leadership development. One of the findings of this study led to The Denver Foundation launched an Institute for Executive Directors of Color, which partnered the Inclusiveness Project with another Denver Foundation program, Strengthening Neighborhoods. The project also issued a publication about the institute.
The Inclusiveness Project provides small grants to training programs led by people of color developing leaders within their communities.
Concerns from metro Denver nonprofit organizations regarding their difficulty in identifying and recruiting people of color to serve as board members, staff, volunteers, and donors, led the Inclusiveness Project to develop a set of activities to help build a pipeline of individuals of color entering the nonprofit sector in these various capacities. The foundation established the Nonprofit Internship Program in the summer of 2007, which was inspired by findings from the Inclusiveness Project that internships help encourage people of color to pursue opportunities in the nonprofit sector. The program is held each summer.
The Denver Foundation is committed to expanding the number of individuals of color who become donors to nonprofits. To this end, the foundation partners with the Community Investment Network, which fosters giving circles in communities of color nationwide.