If your board is not actively engaged in the critical and very often challenging work of championing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at your organization, you’re falling short of your fiduciary oversight role.
On June 5th, 2020, I wrote to our community sharing Cause Strategy Partners’ message of solidarity and commitment. We pledged ourselves to an “action-oriented agenda,” promising to leverage “our core knowledge, assets and resources to be a part of the solution.” We also committed to measure our progress and report back in one year. That is my reason for sharing this update today.
During the overwhelming and frightening days of April 2020 — exactly a month after the World Health Organization formally declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic — I was asked by one of Cause Strategy Partners‘ Advisory Board Members if I thought interest in nonprofit board service was likely to decrease because of the risk of nonprofits going under.