How Nonprofits Can Build Relationships with Diverse Communities

Here are some strategies to help your organization build stronger relationships with people from underrepresented groups:

  • Offer internships and fellowship programs for potential members of color
  • Partner with existing membership organizations that reach these groups, i.e. community-specific chambers of commerce
  • Create a mentoring program pairing board members with board members who are from communities of color
  • Partner with existing diverse groups
  • Develop collaborative programs with local organizations that serve diverse populations
  • Offer your library of materials and resources to relevant groups
  • Develop educational programs for wealthy individuals from diverse communities that discuss philanthropic topics relevant to the population
  • Invite leaders from minority communities to participate as presenters and attendees in programs about philanthropy
  • Host meetings or workshops for and by donors of special ethnic groups
  • Support the development of local affinity groups or giving circles
  • Provide assistance and support philanthropy options to those who advise wealthy ethnically diverse individuals and families

For more capacity-building strategic advice, please contact us at The INS Group.


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