CCS and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University have teamed up to create a new three-part podcast series, Authentically Inclusive, which provides expert ideas and practical insights to support the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion across nonprofit organizations and communities.

You can listen to Authentically Inclusive on Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, and the Authentically Inclusive website.

Episode One: Organizational Cultures In Progress

Leaders are responsible for advancing equity and inclusion as core values in their organizations. In this episode, Bernie Banks and Minya Nance, Associate Deans of the Kellogg School of Management, and Dorri McWhorter, CEO of the YMCA of Metro Chicago, offer frameworks, ideas, and perspectives for leading change and building inclusive cultures.

Episode Two: Navigating Bias Across Organizations

To move beyond identifying bias, we must learn to navigate and mitigate it to address systems of inequity when engaging with stakeholders. In this three-part episode of Authentically Inclusive, Professor Nour Kteily of the Kellogg School of Management and Joy King, Chief Advancement Officer of Be the Match, examine how biases and power impact our lives and our work in the nonprofit sector.

Episode Three: Advancing Equity Through Empathy

Empathy is a critical component for advancing equity. In this three-part episode of Authentically Inclusive, Professor Gina Fong of the Kellogg School of Management and Franklyn Baker, President and CEO of the United Way of Central Maryland, talk about empathy, equity, and storytelling. Using examples from the nonprofit sector and beyond, they bring to life the role empathy can play in promoting equity at work.

Further Resources


4 Ways to Advance Equity with Strong Gift Acceptance Policies

October 15, 2021

At the heart of nonprofit development operations is the process of accepting, acknowledging, and recognizing gifts. Gift acceptance policies can be actively deployed to advance equity within your institution, diversify and educate your donor base, make giving more accessible, and reinforce the values of your organization.


Who Funds the World? Girls: How Nonprofits Can Avoid Overlooking the Value of Women Donors

March 8, 2021

Data shows that women make larger and more frequent charitable gifts than men across almost every income bracket and are more consistent about monitoring their philanthropic impact over time. In this article, we offer three considerations for your organization when thinking about how to better engage women donors.


Everyday Donors of Color: Uncovering the Latest Research

August 27, 2021

CCS is proud to partner with the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy on the release of the Everyday Donors of Color report, funded by the Gates Foundation.

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