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ScaleUP! Kansas City helps businesses with revenues around $200K scale toward their first $1 million.

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers helps local businesses obtain government contracts.

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Creating a More Diverse Environment through Inclusive Volunteer Engagement Practices

Wednesday, February 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm • Organized By Nonprofit Connect


Volunteers help make your organization run. From serving on boards to shoveling kennels, volunteers show up day-after-day to serve.

Yet, too often, volunteers do not reflect the communities they are serving. At its worst, homogenous volunteering can unintentionally cause harm, perpetuate injustices, and force cultural norms onto others. Fortunately, there are strategies that can help create a more diverse environment through volunteer engagement.

If you're ready to design a more inclusive pathway to engaging with your nonprofit, then this 90-minute session is for you. Join Jerome Tennille to learn how to incorporate anti-racism and diversity, equity, and inclusion practices to create a more welcoming, engaging environment for all types of volunteers.

Participants in this session will gain:

  • A historical background on formalized volunteerism (and the legacy that leaves us today);
  • A review of white supremacy culture and how that can inadvertently lead to homogenous volunteer groups;
  • Tips to identify, acknowledge and change policies and guidelines at your nonprofit that may present a barrier to engaging diverse volunteers; and
  • Promising practices that can increase inclusion of diverse communities in your volunteer program.
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