How Inclusion and Equity Are Transforming a Foundation and a Community

  • Racial inequities in health care, education, incarceration rates and economic stability have persisted, in spite of federal policies to promote equity.
  • The Denver Foundation launched what is now known as the Inclusiveness Project in 2002 to help nonprofits, including funders, become more inclusive of people of color.
  • The Project defines diversity as one component of inclusiveness; inclusive organizations are defined as learning-centered organizations that value the perspectives and contributions of all people.
  • The Project operates on three levels: individual, organizational and sector.
  • An extensive evaluation has shown that there are impacts at all levels, including increasing the number of people of color interested in careers in nonprofits, organizations incorporating inclusiveness in policies and practices, and greater awareness and attention to disparities on the part of the funding community.

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