Equity Plan

As part of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s 2019 Elevate conference, attendees are encouraged to use the knowledge and skills gained from the conference sessions, the tools from the Resource Library, and ideas sparked from chatrooms conversations to take the first step in creating their equity plan. You are encouraged to develop three strategies to move diversity, equity and inclusion efforts forward in your personal life and organizations. Please use the reflection questions, resources, and examples below to develop goals and action steps to move this work forward.  

We encourage you to download your submission to help you keep track of your progress. Please note that anyone interested in earning the e-Certificate in Workforce Trends and Equity must submit an equity plan. 



Reflection Questions

  • What biases, unconscious or otherwise, do you have that may be creating barriers to opportunities for greater equity and inclusion?
  • How might you expand your sphere of influence
  • Where do you see inequities show up in your life?
  • Do you consider yourself to be an ally? If so, how come? If not, how could you become one?
  • What worldview privileges shape the actions you can take? What other viewpoints do you need to learn and consider before acting?
  • What are your personal strengths that will lead to success with your identified goals?

Reflection Questions

  • Do you have CEO and/or board level support for focusing on DEI?
  • Do you have a clear definition of DEI and why it is important for your organization?
  • Is your staff, senior leadership team, and board racially and ethnically diverse?
  • Do you have formal human resources practices to recruit, select, develop and retain diverse staff, board members, and other volunteers?
  • Are staff and board members experienced in talking about race/ethnicity, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • What are your organization’s strengths that will lead to success with your identified goals?


“Why it’s important to think about privilege – and why it’s hard”

Cultural Competence Self-assessment Awareness Checklist

Guide to Allyship

6 Ways to Overcome Your Biases for Good

The 8 R’s of Talking About Race: How to Have Meaningful Conversations


Enhancing Cultural Competence

10 Steps We Took to Create the Americans for the Arts Statement on Cultural Equity

Sample Equity Strategies

Diversity Strategic Action Plan by The Arc

Resources on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – Where Do I Start?

Equity Plan Examples

Download a sample PDF. 

Personal Equity Plan

Equity Plan Examples

Download a sample PDF. 

Organizational Equity Plan



Submit an Equity Plan