O-H Community Partners has significant professional and personal experience leading, consulting to, serving on the boards, and working as staff or volunteers of foundations and not-for-profit organizations. We recognize that foundations and not-for-profits are mission driven and seek to align their programs, services, and operations with their charitable goals. Diversity and inclusion can be a particular challenge in this field because societal change objectives are often thought to automatically incorporate diversity and inclusion. The reality is that diversity and inclusion is often overlooked or under emphasized in the philanthropic and non-for-profit sector. O-H Community Partners brings its expertise and direct experience in this field to offer the following list of services that are customized for foundations and not-for-profit organizations:
Consulting Services to
Not-for-Profit Boards and Executive Teams
For maximum impact, efficiency and satisfaction, it is important that the organizational mission and the organizational culture be aligned. O-H Community Partners provides advisory services to boards and executive teams to do just that by consulting on all aspects of diversity and inclusion, including issues of race/ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and age. We specifically address best practices with respect to retention, mentoring, recruitment, supplier/vendor diversity, and creating a pipeline of diverse leaders.
Diversity and Inclusion Assessment
The assessment process is an essential step in understanding your organization’s culture as it relates to diversity and inclusion. It can be done through a variety of means and is usually achieved using a combination of an electronic survey, focus groups and individual interviews with key members of your organization. We conduct the assessment to gather data regarding diversity and inclusion within the workplace. This data forms the basis of recommendations which serve as the foundation for future action.
Using information from internal and external assessments, we work with our clients to create multi-year strategic plans designed to move the board, workforce, supplier community, grantees, and/or investment portfolio toward improved diversity and inclusion practices and performance.
Affinity Group Development
Affinity group development is often a highly effective inclusion strategy which creates a feeling of critical mass among diverse groups who are small in number and often spread throughout multiple locations. We work with our clients to establish, activate, and/or restructure affinity group programs to meet client needs.
Mentoring Program Design
Creating a mentoring culture can be a useful way to increase retention and develop a pipeline of diverse leaders. OHcp designs formal mentoring programs customized to client needs and recommends and provides training to both mentors and mentees.
OHcp conducts small interactive workshops designed to increase awareness about diversity and inclusion and educate individuals and organizations about how to communicate across lines of difference. These workshops are useful in building more inclusive cultures.
As part of our services, we provide one on one coaching to board members and senior management interested in increasing their multi-cultural competencies and implementing particular aspects of the organization’s diversity and inclusion strategic plan.
Diverse Member / Volunteer Recruitment & Retention
We help develop effective short and long-term strategies to better attract and engage diverse members/volunteers as part of your organization.
Supplier / Vendor Diversity Initiative
Supplier Diversity is about more than just from whom you purchase. It is about using the purchasing power of your business to achieve your mission. The Supplier Diversity Initiative is an innovative forum that enables foundations/not-for-profits to deepen relationships with existing suppliers and build a strong pipeline of diverse suppliers while promoting inclusion and sustainability.
Diversity Talent Acquisition Initiative
The Diverse Talent Acquisition Initiative is about reaching beyond advertising in online career portals, engaging search firms, recruiting at on campus job fairs, and sponsoring events. It is about identifying and leveraging diverse social networks to recruit a targeted pipeline of candidates. The Diverse Talent Acquisition Initiative is an innovative forum that enables corporations to provide leadership opportunities for existing women, minority, and other diverse employees, expand the recruitment networks of their human resource team, and identify a diverse and inclusive talent pool of experienced business professionals for current and/or future staffing needs.
Consulting Services to Government Agencies
Government agencies, perhaps more than private sector, must engage and manage the needs of a wide range of communities and stakeholders. O-H Community Partners understands this unique challenge and recognizes the importance of balancing, being responsive to, and respectful of the varied public interests.
Depending on the level of government and the scope of the agency, OHcp works with you to establish and meet your diversity and inclusion goals. Whether your agency is seeking to:
- assess past and present diversity and inclusion performance
- build awareness about the issue of diversity and inclusion through a presentation or workshop
- train your workforce or supplier/vendor base to be more diverse and inclusive or
- design and implement diversity and inclusion policies, strategies, and initiatives specifically tailored to your agencies needs
O-H Community Partners can bring a world class team of consultants and trainers as well as over 25 years of diversity and inclusion experience to bear in working with your agency.