Nonprofits: Need help being better?

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better

Anne Lamott

First, the stories unfolded on Twitter. Then, they jumped to CNN. There’s a reckoning happening in the nonprofit space. As Lori Adelman notes, “The reckoning is long overdue.”

Here’s the scoop: Much like #MeToo exposed flagrant sexism in the workplace, now nonprofit employees are speaking out about racism.

I’ve mostly noticed stories fairly focused on women’s international NGOS. The hashtag? #AIDToo ( … as in international development / international aid). That said, I’m biased. Sex & gender is my space, so I pay closer attention to chatter within it. Are similar conversations happening elsewhere? Probably. I’d be surprised if they weren’t.

Hell, when it comes to Hollywood, a Twitter birdie tells me Ronan Farrow may already be on the case.

Writers in the publishing industry are already speaking out about pay disparities. Hashtag: #PublishingPaidMe. And, there are reports that youth-led organization Do Something did nothing about racism at their organization.

This is a my wish for all nonprofits everywhere: Don’t just say you do good, actually be good. Be best!

Live your values.

When I started my firm, I wanted to do business differently. All of our contracts include a Harmony Clause affirming our efforts to build a world free of homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, anti-semitism, racial hatred, and sexism. We’re here to help folks who share that vision. Our clients are primarily nonprofits who work on social justice issues, small business owners, and government agencies.

All: Remember to recruit, hire, retain, promote, and don’t discriminate against black talent. That goes for all levels — full-time staff members, interns, vendors, board members, volunteers, contractors, and subcontractors.

If you need technical assistance on DEI matters at your organization and/or support with growing your audiences and increasing digital fundraising, I know a fabulous woman & black-owned small business who can help. Let’s chat.