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Our Statement on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are essential elements of mission-driven and philanthropic work. Development Guild DDI recognizes that diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences are required for the greatest impact, and we are committed to supporting and strengthening DEI industry-wide – through our work as nonprofit consultants, and internally as a firm.

Our Commitment to DEI as Consultants

Our staff believe deeply in the ability of the nonprofit sector to positively change the world. As trusted partners to nonprofit leaders nationwide, we embrace the opportunity to positively impact and shape mission-driven organizations.

Through our executive search services, we are dedicated to building a thriving, diverse community of nonprofit leaders. We partner with organizations to engage and recruit leaders whose diverse perspectives and experiences can bring an organization to a new level.

Through our fundraising and campaign services, our strategic counsel aligns with and furthers our clients’ goals of Board, volunteer, and donor diversity and inclusion.

Furthermore, in support of our ongoing commitment to increasing diversity in the fields of advancement and fundraising, we partner with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) to sponsor initiatives and fund scholarships that focus on fostering inclusivity and opportunities in the profession.

Our Commitment to DEI as a Company

As we work to improve our ability to address diversity, equity and inclusion through our client services, we are also looking inwards. We have created a DEI Task Force to assess, strengthen, and measure the effectiveness of our efforts. Our Task Force’s goals include:

  • Actively promoting and celebrating diverse identities (including race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and nationality)
  • Providing support and resources for all staff to successfully address DEI in their respective roles and projects
  • Creating accountability for implementation of DEI initiatives
  • Providing a safe environment to facilitate discussions within our firm about our values and intentions

DEI is a continual process of improving, and we look forward to sharing what we learn as we grow – and supporting our clients as they do the same.

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