Learn More About Inclusiveness


This door provides opportunities to read research findings, to take an assessment to help you determine your organization's readiness to doing inclusiveness work, and to follow further interests for more resources on inclusiveness.

Why Inclusiveness?

Why Inclusiveness? is  a response to requests from nonprofits and funders for a tool to define inclusiveness and its benefits. The publication is also designed to assist organizations in preparing to do inclusiveness work; specifically, in understanding how to "Make the Case" for doing inclusiveness work within their own organization. It also includes highlights of research from the various reports the foundation has issued, as well as sector-wide data about inclusiveness. 

What's Inside

  • The Four Imperatives for Inclusiveness-Mission, Business, Demographic, and Equity
  • Voices from Inclusive Organizations
  • Next Steps for Your Organization
  • Lessons Learned and History of The Denver Foundation's Inclusiveness Project
  • Download a pdf version of Why Inclusiveness?

Publications are free and are available upon request.



Reflections & Actions: People of Color and the Metro Denver Nonprofit Sector
  • A 2012 report from The Denver Foundation that reflects on the issues raised in the 2007 report Report from the Pipeline: Reflections on the Nonprofit Sector from People of Color in Metro Denver and the progress made since then in providing rich opportunities for people of color to engage in the nonprofit sector (e.g., internships, trainings and workshops, and funding).
  • Download a PDF version.
  • Request a free hard copy version through the Contact Us button.

Inside Inclusiveness: Race, Ethnicity, and Nonprofit Organizations
  • A research report on nonprofit organizations in Metro Denver; best practices and barriers, from The Denver Foundation (in Executive Summary and Full Report versions).
  • Download PDF versions Executive Summary or Full Report.
  • Request free hard copy version.
A Report from the Pipeline: Reflections on the Nonprofit Sector from People of Color in Metro Denver

Inclusiveness at Work: How to Build Inclusive Nonprofit Organizations was originally a hard copy workbook published in 2005. (The content of the workbook has been reconfigured for this website and as of October 2012, the workbook is no longer available in hard copy. All content is accessible in PDF version within the Inclusiveness Initiative door of this website.)
The content includes:

Katherine Pease (http://www.katherinepease.com/) is the primary author of Inclusiveness At Work and a consultant providing specialized services to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. She is also author of "Job Satisfaction and Perceptions of Race-Related Discrimination and Conflict in Nonprofit Organizations."

Bibliography from Inclusiveness At Work.

Executive Summary: Final Evaluation Report on the ENII Learning Community Organizations, January 2006 through December 2007 by OMNI Institute

  • The Expanding Nonprofit Inclusiveness Initiative (ENII) of The Denver Foundation represented a unique effort to support the nonprofit sector in developing effective responses to the changing racial-ethnic make-up of a major metropolitan center. ENII funded and supported eleven grantees, known as "Learning Community Organizations" (LCOs) for a two-year period. This evaluation report summarizes what was achieved and learned from the LCO component of the initiative.
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Celebrating the Generosity of Metro Denver: Results of the 2005 Giving and Volunteering Study
  • A 20-page report that includes mentions about giving from communities of color.
  • Download PDF version.

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NOTE: The Denver Foundation materials are primarily designed for organizations historically governed by a predominantly white Board of Directors and run by a predominantly white staff. Some people refer to such organizations as dominant culture organizations. Organizations that are predominantly governed and run by people of color may also need to address issues of inclusiveness related to race and ethnicity; however, the research that has been conducted by The Denver Foundation and other resources consulted for this workbook generally do not address issues of race and ethnicity within organizations that are rooted in communities of color. Dynamics within different communities of color and between different communities of color can have complex nuances; thus, more research and tools are needed to address race-related issues in organizations with staffs and boards that are predominantly of color.


ADDITIONAL ASSESSMENT RESOURCE: The National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) developed the Cultural Competence and Linguistic Competence Policy Assessment (CLCPA) at the request of the Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration, and the US Department of Health and Human Services. It is available on NCCC's website.


See also information about the Inclusiveness Project's evaluation components.