Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Action (IDEA) Resource Hub

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action (IDEA) Resource Hub is a collection of resources to help your organization increase diversity, build an inclusive culture, and advance equity in the community. This hub is broken into three main sections: building a foundation on equity issues, having crucial conversations, and taking action at your nonprofit. The resources include articles, books, stories, websites, and webinars/videos to help you educate yourself and others on being more inclusive within your organization. 

The Community Foundation does not endorse or promote the beliefs of every single resource on this list, but rather we are providing this list to aid organizations (at all stages of their journey) advance equity and support their professional growth. 

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Building a Foundation on Equity Issues

Why Your Organization Needs to Care about Equity

A Seat at the Table
The Curb-Cut Effect, and Why Race, Equity, Access, Diversity, and Inclusion (READI) Are Even More Crucial Now
Training for Change

Learning about Marginalized Communities

An Ally’s Guide to Terminology (LGBT & Equality
Ask First: Including Disability in the Diversity Conversation
Color of Violence by The INCITE! Anthology
It’s Not Your Coworkers’ Job to Teach You About Social Issues by Lily Zheng
Native Land: Discover the Native Land You Live On
Stop Asking People Of Color To Explain Racism – Pick Up One Of These Books Instead
21 things you can do to be more respectful of Native American cultures
Including People with Disabilities in Nonprofits and Foundations: Accessibility & Equity Webinar Series
The Disability Visibility Project
RACE + DISABILITY: Why focus on the intersection of race and disability?
Public Health Resources for Understanding Environmental Racism
National Equity Atlas

Being Aware of Unconscious Bias

What is Unconscious Bias?
Assessing Organizational Racism
It’s Not Your Coworkers’ Job to Teach You About Social Issues by Lily Zheng
LinkedIn Learning: Unconscious Bias
Project Implicit
White Supremacy Culture


Having Crucial Conversations

Guides for Having Crucial Conversations

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillian and Al Switzler
Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts by Daniel Shapiro
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt  Them: Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal by Ben Sasse

Talking about IDEA at you Organization

Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege
Equity in the Center
White Fragility 
Racial Equity Tools
21 Day Equity Challenge Catalogue

Moving from Conversation to Action

Funding for Racial Equity
Non-Profit Anti-Racism Coalition
Practical information to help you raise the money you need to build the community you believe in
Racial Equity Resources
7 things you can do to improve the sad, pathetic state of board diversity
20 ways majority-white nonprofits can build authentic partnerships with organizations led by communities of color


Taking Action at Your Nonprofit

To highlight board service opportunities for our Catalysts graduates and other community leaders, the Foundation conducted a survey; inviting nonprofit organizations to share their information to be included on a list of IDEA-committed organizations seeking BIPOC individuals for board service. Click here to be included in the list OR Click here to view board service opportunities.

Policies and Procedures

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Spectrum Tool
VMS Foundation: Cultural Humility Policy
Nonprofit HR: 2021 Diversity Report

Board Governance and Development
Accelerating Nonprofit Board Diversity
Board Diversity Includes Disabilities
BoardSource: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Cause Effective: Board Governance Resources  
Charity Strong: Strengthening Training & Recruitment for Outstanding Nonprofit Governance
Council of Nonprofits: Diversity on Nonprofit Boards
Diversity and Inclusion Initiative: A Step by Step Guide
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion on Nonprofit Boards
Diversity on Nonprofit Boards 
Governance Matters USA: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Assessment
If Your Board Looked Like Your Community
It’s Time to Talk About… What Board Commitment to Equity Looks Like in This Moment
Racial Transparency: Confronting Nonprofit Governance To Truly Eliminate Discrimination and Harassment
Recruiting for Board Diversity – Without Disrespecting People of Color
TurnOut: Queer Board Match

Human Resources and Talent Management

Why Inclusive Leaders are Good for Organizations, and How to Become One