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Ethics
in this area. ACFRE and CFRE are good ways to express
a commitment to ethics and guidelines; perhaps we can
look at something similar for organizations as a whole?
I would also ask our members what is holding their
organization back from being more equitable? I would be
interested to know the answer.

How does having a strong commitment to
diversity, inclusion and ethical practices boost
an organization's effectiveness? Impact?
Donor appeal? Brand?
LaKoya Rochell, director of programs and
associate director of development for the
Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy
Equity and diversity promotes and implements justice and
fairness through redefining procedures, processes, and
the distribution of resources by and within institutions or
systems. One major goal related to tackling equity issues
relies on addressing the root cause of disparities within our
society and organizations. Inclusion focuses on strategies
that promote awareness of group identities. As such,
efforts support the full participation of all groups in the
critical processes of decision-making within organizations,
communities and society.
The issue of diversity requires urgent attention within
the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. This is especially
critical in achieving the goals of addressing both histories
of exclusion and demographic changes within the United
States. The philanthropic sector is also poised to serve
as a major site of social change. With the right tools
and data, the sector can play a leading role in driving
the efforts for improving societal inequity and support
greater inclusion, including supporting a more inclusive
workforce and partnering with all sectors so that all
communities have the opportunity to thrive.
A strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and
ethical practices positively boosts an organization's
effectiveness, has a positive impact within the
organization, provides substantial donor appeal and can
tremendously enhance the organization's branding. It
helps to establish a unique culture founded upon the
principles of ethics, inclusion and diversity. In today's
current times, values and ethics matter more than ever
and can manifest in a variety of ways. Diversity, equity
and inclusion are essential to an organization, as is
enforcing morals and values.
Tying diversity and inclusion policies to ethics and social
responsibilities can increase recruiting and retention.

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Ethical best practices related to diversity and inclusion
often readdress their values equation to ensure the mission
is clear to their employees. An effective organization
emphasizes behavior, not just compliance.
When diversity, inclusion and equity are at the
forefront of an organization, leaders can demonstrate their
commitment to these principles and ethics by integrating
these entities into their business processes and operations.
Organizations can do this by creating strategies (and hiring
people) to address inclusion and diversity objectives at
every level of the organization. An inclusion and diversity
leader shows an organization's commitment to diversity,
inclusion and ethical practices and can strengthen the
brand. It allows the nonprofit to build a diverse talent
pipeline, retain employees, strengthen relationships with
external stakeholders, improve operating results, and
further efforts for many communities by creating a diverse
environment that reflects the constituency and allows
everyone to be engaged.

Should we focus on behavior or compliance
when it comes to ethics, diversity and
inclusion?
Robbe Healey, ACFRE, speaker, trainer and
adjunct professor
Ethics. The focus here needs to be AFP's Code and is
it always an enforced Code. We need to pause, review
and reflect on current needs in the sector and the role
AFP can (or should) play. However, at the end of the
process, regardless of how it evolves, we need to define
the behaviors and continue to promote and enforce
compliance when needed.
Diversity and Inclusion. This can be viewed through the
following three lenses:
1.	 AFP as an ethical, diverse and inclusive organization.
2.	 Social justice and the role of the nonprofit sector in
modeling ethics, diversity and inclusion globally.
3.	 The global civil society and its collective desire to be
ethical, diverse and inclusive.
AFP is, and has been, focused on continuing to evolve
as a progressive organization characterized by ethical,
diverse and inclusive structure, practice and culture.
These are perpetual aspirations. No matter how good
you think you are, you can always be better. And the
principles are ever-evolving as well. We are in the midst
of a particularly robust period of scrutiny and change,
which heightens awareness and opportunity.

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