Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
TNPA DEI Vision:
The nonprofit sector reflects the diversity of the communities it serves, values all stakeholders regardless of their background, and provides everyone the same opportunities and support needed to grow.
TNPA DEI Mission:
Promotes: Advocates for a fully diverse, inclusive, and equitable nonprofit sector through authentic stakeholder engagement and accountability for achieving outcomes.
Protects: Identifies barriers and promotes sustainable solutions.
Strengthens: Provides education and resources needed to foster DEI excellence.
The Nonprofit Alliance believes that the nonprofit sector’s ability to change the world is not possible without diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). At our first Leadership Summit in fall 2019, we began to identify the roles and responsibilities TNPA and its members should adopt to advance diverse and inclusive workplaces, which in turn will enable nonprofits to better serve the broadest span of people, communities, and issues.
For TNPA, that work had to begin from within. We brought in a DEI consultant who guided a more intentional, inclusive board and staff recruitment process. When Covid-19 curtailed our April 2020 conference and public DEI Initiative launch, we seized the opportunity to revisit our focus based on the new opportunities and challenges presented by the changing face of a remote workplace, as well as the health, safety, and employment disparities revealed by the pandemic.
Our announcement of the TNPA DEI Initiative coincided with the massive public conversation about systemic racism in early summer 2020. When the fabric of our society tears, it is the nonprofit community that stands up first to begin the mending. It is both a calling and a responsibility. When the question is asked, “Who can fix this?” our response must be certain and sure. “We will.”
TNPA DEI Accountabilities: As part of our organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, TNPA strives to hold ourselves accountable for putting our principles into practice. We apply this same accountability to those who create and/or present content on our behalf:
- Be inclusive. Create content that can resonate with an array of listeners and readers.
- Speak to diversity. Recognize that members of an audience or cohort have various lived experiences.
- Recognize that systemic inequities and discrimination exist. Do your best to acknowledge how we can mitigate against them.
- Be mindful of explicit and implicit bias. Review content through the lens of varied identities.
Leading by Example, a nonprofit executive discussion about the transformational effect of diversifying an organization’s leadership team and leading with active accountability.
Forward Leading, a frank conversation about systemic racism & how to prioritize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
“AWAKE to WOKE to WORK: Building a Race Equity Culture” developed by Equity in the Center