Inclusiveness Project Efforts at the Sector-wide Level

At the Sector-wide Level, the Inclusiveness Project efforts include:


Conferences and Speakers

The Inclusiveness Project recognizes that its limited resources can influence only a small number of individuals and organizations within and surrounding the nonprofit sector. Therefore, the project uses strategic communications and programming practices to share its work broadly.

These efforts include periodic conferences on inclusiveness and diversity that draw several hundred attendees from throughout the state. The conferences offer a wide range of training and education sessions.

The project also maintains a multifaceted website that receives thousands of visitors each month and an e-marketing platform that provides regular communication to a mailing list of several thousand metro-area residents.

The project also brings national speakers to metro Denver to speak on inclusiveness and equity. Speakers have included Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow; Rose Brewer, author of The Color of Wealth; john a powell from the Haas Diversity Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley; and Mun Wah, master diversity trainer and documentary filmmaker.

The director of the Inclusiveness Project and the foundation’s vice president for philanthropic partnerships speak at local and national conferences about the value of inclusiveness and practices that promote it.



The Inclusiveness Project publishes its research activities and disseminates these widely.



The project encourages funders to consider the value of inclusiveness and in 2009, helped launch Colorado Funders for Inclusiveness and Equity (COFIE), a peer network of local funders. The group believes in building on best practices in inclusiveness to increase the effectiveness of philanthropy. 

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