Overcoming Hidden Barriers to Board Diversity & Inclusion

Most nonprofit boards understand the potential benefits of board diversity and inclusion, yet many struggle to
fulfill the promise offered. Why is that? We mean well, after all. Are there hidden barriers to achieving this promise?
In some cases, the answer to this question is “yes.” But there is good news too. Once identified, we can work to
overcome these barriers and become the diverse and inclusive boards we want and need to be.

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Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Organization

This is a chart that describes the six phases of becoming an anti racist multicultural organization.

See chart here.

Transforming Institutional Values

This article by Robette Ann Dias talks about what is needed are new values that are outward oriented with an overarching bias toward effectiveness. These values include:

  • Thinking with a bias toward action
  • Abundant worldview that uses resources responsibly
  • Transparent communication & decision making that guards personal integrity
  • Cooperation & Collaboration that nurture individual creativity

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What is Transformation? And how it advances social change

As published by Robert Gass.

We commit to a Transformative Social Change: a philosophical, practical, and strategic process to effect changes within ourselves, organizations, institutions, communities, systems, and society that are rooted in positively-oriented, sustainable, equitable, life-affirming purpose and vision.

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YNPN EDI 2015 Report

This 2015 report outlines the process, milestones and priorities for the YNPN National around equity, diversity and inclusion. 

YNPN EDI 2015 Report

Getting Comfortable with Conflict: Strategic Conversations at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation

This 2013 case study outlines the experience of Kalamazoo Community Foundation's journey to become an antiracist organization, committed to eliminating the structural racism that “perpetuates the inequalities that threaten the well-being of our community" using Intercultural Development Continuum Framework. 

Strategic Conversations at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation 

D5 Coalition Communications Tool

This 2013 Messaging Manual by D5 Coalition is designed to help you:

  • Communicate key messages about the benefits of DEI in a meaningful, inspiring way
  • Tell stories about advancing DEI to inspire action
  • Structure conversations about DEI
  • Answer frequently asked questions about DEI

D5 Coalition Messaging Manual

Framing Issues with a Racial Equity Tools

The purpose of Framing Issues with a Racial Equity Lens module is:

  • To understand the power of ‘framing’
  • To learn how ‘re-framing’ is an important tool for building effective strategies for racial equity and change
  • To explore how media coverage and public discourse can be shifted to impact outcomes

This tool would be helpful for chapters as they are thinking about how to incorporate a racial equity lens in their chapter work. 

Framing Issues with a Racial Equity Lens


Analysis of Policies, Practices and Programs for Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This 2013 report by D5 Coalition is a useful tool for foundation staff, leadership and other members of the philanthropy community who want to take action to advance EDI. It provides a comprehensive scan of existing written and web-based resources from philanthropy and the more general fields of organizational effectiveness and social justice in order to identify existing policies, practices, and tools that can inform and guide philanthropic action. 

This report is helpful for chapters as they start thinking about making more formalized EDI policies in their chapters. 

Analysis of Policies, Practices and Programs for Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Equity and Inclusion Lens Handbook, City of Ottawa and City for All Women Initiative

This 2015 handbook by City of Ottawa  enables us to be systematic, consistent and coherent in our efforts to move equity and inclusion forward in all the work we do. The Lens helps us to:

  • Generate better solutions by incorporating a diversity of perspectives
  • Take positive steps to remove systemic barriers and promote inclusion
  • Create a more positive and respectful work environment

Incorporating an EDI lens to your day-to-day chapter work is essential to advancing YNPN's of stronger communities supported by a diverse and powerful social sector. This guide will be helpful as chapters think about incorporating an EDI lens to your chapter work. 

Equity and Inclusion Lens Handbook