EDI Roundtables for Nonprofit Executives

EDI Roundtable for Nonprofit Executives: Practical Strategies for Dismantling Racism within North Carolina Nonprofits

To achieve equity, it is not enough to simply learn; it is necessary to transform.

The percentage of people of color in nonprofit leadership roles – executive director, CEO, board chair – has remained under 20% for the last 15 years, even as the country becomes more diverse (Race to Lead, Building Movement Project). 

“Our policies and practices in the nonprofit sector must change to promote and reflect the leadership and diversity of our communities, and to ensure these leaders are supported and not pushed out from systemic inequities,” explains Jeanne C. Tedrow, president and CEO of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits.

Rooted in the Center’s Principles and Practices: Best Practices for North Carolina Nonprofits guide and building on our Walking the Talk initiative, the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Roundtables are designed to help nonprofit leaders address: 

  • The nonprofit sector’s racial leadership gap;  
  • The nonprofit sector’s generational leadership gap; and  
  • The policies, practices, and organizational cultures in nonprofits that exacerbate these gaps. 

Through virtual, interactive roundtables, this program will facilitate ideas, actions, and practical strategies that nonprofit leaders can implement within their organizations to recognize and eliminate systemic barriers and practices. Executive directors/CEOs, board chairs and other board leaders, human resources staff, and other nonprofit decision makers will benefit most from this program.

Sessions will be from 2:00-3:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.


August 6 - Board Governance

Facilitators: Dawn Chávez, Executive Director, Asheville GreenWorks; Barbara Jessie-Black, President & CEO, CommunityWorx; and Board Member, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

Session Objectives:

  • Diversify board leadership in meaningful, non-tokenized ways 
  • Develop culturally-competent performance review of executive director
  • Develop strategic social networks to support the organization's mission


September 3 - Partnerships & Collaboration

Facilitators: Antoinetta (McKay) Mosley, Principal Consultant, I Follow the Leader LLC and Development & Communications Director, Meals on Wheels Durham; Abdul Rasheed, Former Founder/CEO, NC Community Development Initiative

Session Objectives: 

  • Leverage partnerships with intentional diversity and representation 
  • Foster conditions that examine and address racial biases/inequities and power dynamics 
  • Work collaboratively to address four levels on which racism operates in society (personal, interpersonal, institutional, structural) 


October 1 -  Advocacy & Civic Engagement

Facilitators: Robert T. Stephens, Political Director, ACLU of North Carolina; Dr. Forrest Toms, Consultant and Former Associate Professor of Leadership Studies, NC A&T State University

Session Objectives: 

  • Develop a shared language to discuss racial inequality 
  • Work with influencers and decision makers to address structural biases and advance racial equity and justice 
  • Create intentional systems of support


November 5 - Fundraising

Facilitators: Tracey Greene-Washington, President, Indigo Innovation Group; Darryl Lester, Founder, HindSight Consulting, Inc.

Session Objectives:

  • Build out a network of financial support and technical resources 
  • Advocate for more equitable philanthropy and donor networks 


December 3 - Human Resources

Facilitator: Gracie Johnson-Lopez, President, Diversity & HR Solutions 

Session Objectives:

  • Develop equitable personnel policies 
  • Develop equitable hiring practices 
  • Develop equitable recruitment and retention policies