Empowering Nonprofits: Break The Cycle 757's Guide to DEI Integration

Welcome to the Break The Cycle 757 blog, your ultimate resource for integrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into your nonprofit organization. As leaders in DEI education, we provide actionable insights, expert guidance, and practical checklists designed to help nonprofits build inclusive and equitable environments. Discover how to craft inclusive mission statements, build diverse boards, develop fair policies, and more. Join us on the journey to break the cycle of exclusion and create a more inclusive future. Stay informed, stay inspired, and make a difference with Break The Cycle 757.

DonQuitta Clements

5/31/20233 min read

graffiti on a wall that says, only in diversity
graffiti on a wall that says, only in diversity

At Break The Cycle 757, we understand that true social impact begins with embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at every level of an organization. As leaders in DEI education, we are committed to guiding other nonprofits on their journey towards becoming more inclusive and equitable. Here's a comprehensive checklist to help your nonprofit align with DEI principles and create meaningful change.

1. Crafting an Inclusive Mission Statement and Core Values Your nonprofit's mission should clearly articulate a commitment to DEI. Ensure your core values prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion, embedding these principles into the foundation of your organizational identity.

2. Building a Diverse Board of Directors A diverse board is crucial for representing the community you serve. Strive for varied representation in terms of race, gender, ethnicity, age, and socio-economic background. Implement policies to actively recruit and retain diverse board members and provide DEI training to deepen their understanding and commitment.

3. Establishing Inclusive Policies and Procedures Develop non-discrimination policies that cover all aspects of your organization, from hiring to service provision. Create transparent recruitment and hiring practices to promote diversity and combat bias. Establish clear procedures for handling discrimination and harassment complaints, ensuring a safe and inclusive environment.

4. Fostering a Diverse Workforce Implement hiring practices that attract candidates from diverse backgrounds. Provide DEI training for all staff members and ensure equitable compensation and benefits. A diverse and inclusive workforce enhances creativity and decision-making.

5. Designing Accessible Programs and Services Ensure your programs and services are accessible to everyone in the community. Collect and analyze data on program participants to identify and address disparities. Seek feedback from diverse stakeholders to continually improve your offerings and ensure inclusivity.

6. Engaging with the Community Build strong relationships with diverse community organizations and leaders. Conduct outreach efforts to include marginalized groups and create opportunities for community input in decision-making processes. Inclusion means ensuring everyone has a voice and feels valued.

7. Communicating Inclusively Use inclusive messaging and imagery in all communication materials. Feature diverse spokespeople in marketing campaigns and ensure materials are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Inclusive communication fosters trust and broadens your reach.

8. Providing Ongoing DEI Training and Education Offer regular DEI training for staff, volunteers, and board members. Educate the community on DEI topics and collaborate with experts for training and consultation. Continuous learning is essential for fostering an inclusive organizational culture.

9. Evaluating and Ensuring Accountability Establish metrics to measure progress toward DEI goals. Conduct regular assessments of your practices and culture, holding leadership accountable for advancing DEI initiatives. Transparent evaluation builds credibility and trust within your organization and community.

10. Allocating Financial Resources for DEI Designate specific financial resources for DEI initiatives. Seek funding from foundations and donors that prioritize DEI and ensure transparent financial management. Investing in DEI is investing in the future success and integrity of your organization.

11. Committing to Continuous Improvement Foster a culture of continuous learning and improvement regarding DEI. Adapt strategies based on feedback and outcomes and stay informed about best practices and emerging trends. The journey toward equity and inclusion is ongoing and evolving.

At Break The Cycle 757, we are dedicated to empowering nonprofits to integrate DEI principles into their work, creating a more inclusive and equitable sector. By following this checklist, your nonprofit can establish a solid foundation for embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of your organization.

Together, we can break the cycle and build a more inclusive future.

About Break The Cycle 757: Break The Cycle 757 is committed to educating and empowering nonprofits on their journey toward embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through comprehensive training and resources, we help organizations build inclusive environments where everyone can thrive. Join us in creating lasting, positive change in our communities.