Visualizing Greater Inclusiveness
This worksheet was created by The Denver Foundation's Inclusiveness Project (http://www.nonprofitinclusiveness.org/) to support organizations doing inclusiveness work.
The purpose of these tasks is for you to begin thinking about creating greater inclusiveness in order to "Make the Case" for inclusiveness for your organization. The purpose is not to get you to decide definitively what you will or will not do differently. That will happen after you complete the information gathering and begin analyzing the data about your organization.
For now, visualize briefly what might be different if your organization were to become more inclusive. Record your impressions below. (The Benefits worksheets might also be of assistance in these discussions.)
- Discuss how inclusiveness will help advance the mission of your organization.
- Discuss how you currently engage with the people you serve in your programs and in your fundraising, marketing, and communications.
- Consider how your mission statement might change, if at all, to reflect a greater commitment to inclusiveness.
- In broad terms, think about how your programs and the people who benefit from your programs might change as a result of your organization becoming more inclusive.
- Consider how your fundraising, marketing, and communications might be different as a result of your organization becoming more inclusive.
- Think how the diversity of the organization might be different if it were more inclusive. Howwould the composition of the board, the staff, the volunteers, and donors change?
- Think about your operations. What would be different (e.g., personnel policies, recruitment strategies, etc.) as a result of your organization becoming more inclusive?
- Begin to imagine a shift in the organizational culture that results from a greater commitment to inclusiveness. How would your organization's internal culture be different?
Name of Organization __________________________________________
Date Worksheet Completed _________
- Step 1: Creating Structure
- Step 2: Consultants/Training
- Step 3: Making the Case
- How to Make the Case for Inclusiveness in Your Organization
- Definitions (NARRATIVE)
- Who Are Your Stakeholders?
- Reasons for Doing Inclusiveness Work: The Four Imperatives
- Caution: A Color-Blind Approach is Ineffective
- Benefits from Being More Inclusive
- Identifying Internal and External Stakeholders
- Visualizing Greater Inclusiveness
- How Inclusiveness Will Advance Your Mission
- Sample Case Statements
- How You Currently Engage with the People You Serve
- Benefits from Being More Inclusive (SUMMARY)
- Costs of Not Being Inclusive
- How Your Organization Articulates the Four Imperatives
- Putting Your Case Statement into Action
- Step 4: Gathering Info
- Step 5: Creating a Blueprint
- Step 6: Implementing the Blueprint
- Sample Documents
- Next Steps for Your Organization