Nonprofit leaders play a critical role in tackling the opportunity gap. The events of the past year highlighted the acute need to provide resources to support the private sector in creating a more equitable society. It is our responsibility as leaders of nonprofit organizations to identify and break down systemic barriers that prevent us from creating and sustaining diversity and inclusivity across industries. We must also aspire to create equal opportunity in the United States.

Last year’s tensions made people reevaluate ingrained behaviors and policies deeply rooted in systemic racism and sexism. Americans demanded businesses demonstrate concrete action to lead change in the direction of a more diverse and inclusive workplace and society. Consumers voiced their opinions through social media and buying behavior, holding businesses accountable and calling for tangible action over empty promises. Compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic, political divisions and persistent racial disparities, this increased attention on the opportunity gap has brought to light the disparate impact that economic upheaval and public health failures have on underrepresented communities.

The following efforts can drive nonprofit organizations’ leadership in diversity and inclusion:

  • Create actionable, scalable programs with shareable metrics, proven results and clear, achievable goals.
  • Lead by example.
  • Enlist private-sector participation, supporting their goals and serving as a resource to them.

Read the full article about creating equitable change by Carolyn Lee at Forbes.