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Lessons From a Cross-Racial Team About Building Belonging

Posted by Christal M. Cherry & Dr. Renee Rubin Ross on Apr 27, 2022 11:00:00 AM

As nonprofit consultants, we’ve found the need for board guidance and support with regards to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) has been steadily growing over the years. When it comes to this important work, we know that just diversity, or recruiting board members from different...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

It’s Time to Heal

Posted by Jim Taylor on Jan 18, 2022 11:00:35 AM

“Time heals all wounds” is one of the most widely known and generally accepted expressions in our popular culture, but I’ve always felt that this statement – although not false – was incomplete, at best. I believe that time is necessary but not sufficient for healing. Time facilitates the healing...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Recruitment, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Getting to the “Heart” of Racial Equity

Posted by Jim Taylor on Mar 2, 2021 11:00:00 AM

There’s a lovely expression that many of us in the Black community use when we want to repair strained relationships with each other; it’s an expression that always moves me when I hear it. Whether the cause of the disagreement is related to something we’ve done (or not done), or something we’ve...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

The Healing Potential of the Nonprofit Sector

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on Jan 19, 2021 9:43:42 AM

Today is the National Day of Racial Healing, which takes place each year the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year, it also happens to fall on the day before we will inaugurate a new president – a momentous occasion in any context, but one that takes on particular significance as it...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Advocacy, Current Events, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Facing the Challenge of Racial Inequity — or Avoiding It

Posted by Jim Taylor on Oct 30, 2020 10:30:00 AM

There’s an old saying that every great victory is the result of many smaller victories that went unnoticed. As we undertake our individual and organizational racial equity journeys, I would suggest we slightly modify this adage. I think it's essential that we do notice the small victories –...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Recruiting for Board Diversity — Without Disrespecting People of Color

Posted by Jim Taylor on Aug 31, 2020 2:22:19 PM

As a Black man who has worked with or for nonprofits for most of my career, I’ve become very familiar with how nonprofit boards recruit for board diversity; by my count, I have been actively recruited by the boards of 13 organizations. 

I can divide 11 of these 13 board recruitment experiences into...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

The Value of Lived Experience

Posted by Jim Taylor on Aug 4, 2020 10:54:47 AM

A couple of years ago, I attended a national conference of government officials focused on advancing racial equity in their communities. The conference began with a number of local government leaders engaging in an informative but rather conventional panel discussion about their local strategies to...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

In Our Health and Educational Systems, The Time for Board Diversity Is Now

Posted by Carolyn T. Adams and Vicki W. Kramer on Jul 30, 2020 9:55:12 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic’s revelation of racial and gender disparities and the nationwide demonstrations about racism inspired by brutal police behavior have produced demands for major changes in our society and its institutions. Many call for new approaches to promote the welfare of a diverse...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Reflections on Trust and Its Relationship to Racial Inequity on Nonprofit Boards

Posted by Jim Taylor on May 21, 2020 2:16:23 PM

One of Stephen M.R. Covey’s fundamental beliefs about leadership is that progress happens “at the speed of trust” —  that organizational work gets done with and through people, and that trust is the basis for every transaction and relationship. 

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity

It's Time to Talk About...What  Board Commitment to Equity Looks Like in This Moment

Posted by Jim Taylor on May 1, 2020 10:10:11 AM

There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on communities of color. But this fact prompts a much more difficult question for nonprofit boards to consider in this moment: “What can boards do in the near-term to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Current Events, COVID-19

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