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Taking Action: Charting an Anti-Racist Path Forward in Westchester’s Nonprofit Sector

  • June 29, 2021
  • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Zoom Meeting


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NPW seeks your input!
At NPW's Racial Equity Forum on February 23
, participants identified four focus areas (detailed below) to advance racial equity in the nonprofit sector.  Our next step is to examine these focus areas and develop recommendations designed to advance meaningful change in the nonprofit sector.  
Please join us.
The format will include facilitated small discussion groups.

Led by: Dr. Alexandria Connally

 CEO and Founder of Culturally Responsive Environments and Discipline 
Read Dr. Connally’s Bio HERE.
Watch the recording of the February 23rd Racial Equity Forum Here.

Identified Focus Areas  

Board Governance and Nonprofit Boards of Directors 

Nonprofit board members are charged with adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, a with hiring and setting the compensation of the CEO/executive director, cultivating new board members and making decisions about who is eligible to join the board. Nonprofit boards remain largely white, with tremendous decision-making power that too often lacks the benefits of diverse perspectives and experiences.  How do we promote racial diversity and inclusion on nonprofit boards and through nonprofit board governance? 

Beyond Diversity to Inclusion 

Diversity focuses on the makeup of your workforce or board — demographics such as gender identity and race/ethnicity to name a few.  Inclusion is a measure of culture that enables diversity to thrive - the behaviors and social norms that ensure people feel welcome, and are, in fact, heard and a valued part of the organization.  How do we move beyond diversity to inclusion? 

Capacity Building, Government and Foundation Funding 

There is a growing awareness on the negative impacts of systemic racism and implicit and explicit bias on access to funding, opportunity and agency capacity building of Black and Brown run nonprofits.  How do we change this and fortify such agencies that often best understand the communities that they serve?  

Supporting People of Color to Lead 

Our goal is to play a part in creating a nonprofit sector where people of color have the support and connections they need to achieve equitable outcomes, to advance to and feel supporting in leadership positions. How do we support people of color to lead? 

Nonprofit Leadership and Racial Equity  


On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, more than 125 people attended a NPW forum designed to examine Nonprofit Leadership and Racial Equity.  The forum included a presentation on the findings of the 2019 study of the Building Movement Project: Race to Lead Revisited. Through this study, over 5,000 nonprofit staff members reported on their experiences involving race and leadership in nonprofit settings, and it is clear: The nonprofit sector has a racial leadership gap.   Read more  Race to lead revisited: Obstacles and Opportunities in Addressing the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap 

Leaders of Color in the Nonprofit Sector 

The forum also included a distinguished panel of leaders of color who brought further truth to Race to Lead Revisited as they discussed their lived experiences confronting bias and racism in the nonprofit sector.  

Watch the Forum HERE 

Community Input  

The forum included facilitated discussions for participants to share their perspectives and inform further action to advance racial equity in the nonprofit sector. The following were identified as focus areas:   

  • Board Governance and Nonprofit Boards of Directors  
  • Beyond Diversity to Inclusion 
  • Capacity Building, Government and Foundation Funding – trust base, bottom up 
  • Supporting People of Color to Lead  

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