Through the Inclusive Lens
It can be done!
Making your organization an inclusive one is not as hard or expensive as you might think. The most important factor is the commitment of the board and staff to being more inclusive and helping everyone in the community. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it may open doors to funders who are looking for inclusive programming.
Our foundation recently awarded prizes to five organizations worldwide that have shown innovation in inclusion. The common thread among four of the five winners? They weren’t originally inclusive but understood its importance, changed their organizational cultures and made inclusion a priority. Today, they are seeing greater success than ever before.
Your nonprofit wants to change the lives of its constituents, to push society to become better, to change public perception and possibly laws. Including a greater swath of your community can help propel you forward and create lasting change. Because at the end of the day, change will not happen via exclusion.
Ephraim Gopin is the communications director for the Ruderman Family Foundation, which supports innovative programs that foster inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community and Israel. Connect with him on Twitter at @RudermanFdn