As the famous quote says, “Talk is Cheap”. We at the Donor Relations Guru Group do a lot of talking. But we always back that up with our actions. Our stance on Black Lives Matter is going to be exactly the same. Here are a few commitments we are making to effect change in the nonprofit fundraising world.
We will be including a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement in all of our contracts moving forward.
We will no longer accept work from organizations that do not believe in the fight for social justice and equity and inclusion for all.
We will no longer recommend vendors or spend any money with any vendors who do not believe that Black Lives Matter and do not believe in social justice and equity and inclusion for all.
None of our members or associates will speak in venues that are not inclusive and don’t allow access for all. In addition, we will not speak anywhere that was used in the past to discriminate or separate people, including country clubs and private venues.
We will commit to speaking at and sponsoring events and conferences only if speakers from diverse backgrounds are represented
All of our members will be educated in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and will have ongoing training in areas of bias and others.
Anti Racism Resources:
My personal recommendations for books and shows to watch:
My Vanishing Country by Bakari Sellers
A River of No Return by Cleveland Sellers
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
By Richard Rothstein
Dear White People
The Long Walk Home
Eyes on the Prize
When they See Us
Remember the Titans
Do the Right Thing
When the Levees Broke
A few more resources from our team: