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To Do Equity, We Must Be Equity

Friday, February 10, 2017 9:51 AM | Katena Cain (Administrator)



Katena Cain

Nonprofit Management Consultant

Katena@nonprofnetwork.org




There has been increasing buzz about “equity” and “racial equity” in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and among cross-sector collective impact efforts. This is a good thing, and our nation’s persistent and rising racial and economic disparities demand it. 


Many groups are applying an “equity lens” to look outward at social problems and solutions, disaggregating data and seeking to differentiate opportunities and services to reduce disparities. 


But our organizations and collective efforts must begin by looking inward, using an “equity mirror” to examine our own composition, culture, and policies that reinforce and perpetuate societal disparities.


To do equity, we must also be equity.


This is a great article from Council of Nonprofits about moving beyond conversation to meaningful action. Take a look and see if your organization is implementing any of the suggested steps here.  


Want to have a conversation about how to make progress?  Reach out and we can make a plan.




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