May 3, 2022
Lessons from a cross-racial team about building belonging
by Christal M. Cherry and Dr. Renee Rubin Ross, contributors to BoardSource

As nonprofit consultants, we’ve found the need for board guidance and support with regards to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) has been steadily growing over the years. When it comes to this important work, we know that just diversity, or recruiting board members from different racial backgrounds alone, is not enough. Boards of historically white-led organizations must do more to intentionally work to build diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging into board culture.

Recently, we received an inquiry from an organization that wanted to hire consultants to lead conversations around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. While we didn’t receive many details from the organization upfront, we later learned that several Women of Color (WOC) had resigned from the board after a contentious governance committee meeting. Unfortunately, it seemed like these women were weary from the consistent disrespect and racism that they experienced being on this mostly white and wealthy board serving people of color (POC).

Our observations of situations like the one mentioned above align with BoardSource’s recent Leading with Intent report, which found that the majority of boards are committed to understanding the diversity of the community it serves yet have not been able to raise their awareness and understanding of the relevance of racial inequality to the organization’s mission.

We know with the current climate that some people are exhausted and sick of hearing about this work. Others believe it to be a trend and feel that nonprofits are not authentically interested in changing their behaviors and cultures. In some cases, this is true. But there are genuine disruptive leaders that know what we know:

There is no longer a choice. The world is changing and to stay relevant, ethical, and just, nonprofits have a responsibility to look inwards and critique their leadership, positions in the community, and poor behavior when it comes to building trust with People of Color. This includes board members, staff, volunteers, donors, and clients.

The tug-of-war of retirement
American Pianists Association has named Leigh Ann Hirschman director of advancement. Hirschman previously was head of development for Trinity Haven.
Indiana Philanthropy Alliance has hired JoAnna Ness as director of community foundation programs. Ness formerly was communications director for Steuben County Community Foundation.
Indiana Philanthropy Alliance has hired Nick McLain as communications manager. McLain previously was communications manager for the Indiana Library Federation.
Indiana Youth Institute has hired Michele Sullivan as vice president of advancement. Sullivan previously was senior manager of local engagement for the National FFA Organization.
AgriNovus has hired Geoff Zentz as senior director of innovation. He most recently was the gBETA managing director at gener8tor in Indianapolis. — Inside Indiana Business 
Crossroads of America Council has promoted Leslie Hurst to vice president of community relations. Hurst previously was director of development for the organization. — Inside Indiana Business  
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Lilly Endowment has awarded the city of Indianapolis a $25 million grant to expand trails and greenways in support of the Connected Communities Initiative, according to the Central Indiana Community Foundation. The grant, which will fund walking trails, bike lanes and other on- and off-street infrastructure, also includes $5.25 million in matching funds that can be used to attract additional federal and state dollars to the project. Read more

The New York Life Foundation has awarded Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People a $100,000 Grief Reach grant over two years. The funding, administered by the National Alliance for Children’s Grief, will ensure that school communities have dedicated bereavement resources to meet the needs of grieving students and their families. Read more

Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana has announced that its new medical manufacturing facility at 38th Street and Sheridan Avenue is scheduled to open Wednesday. The facility, built in partnership with Cook Medical, is registered as a medical device manufacturer with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is expected to generate 100 new local jobs, with the goal of employing residents within the surrounding neighborhood. Read more

Local nonprofits focused on human services can win funding in amounts ranging from $2,500 to $30,000 for their new ideas as part of a United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) competition. UWCI is accepting applications for its Propel pitch contest until May 6. The event is on June 14. Learn more

The Indiana Professional Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists honored The Indiana Citizen with a first-place award for its 2021 Redistricting Project. The nonprofit, nonpartisan civic engagement platform was recognized for its comprehensive coverage of the decennial redrawing of congressional and legislative district lines. Read more
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Grant writing: From start to funded 6-week co-hort. Learn the steps it takes to think like a funder, find the right grants and write winning proposals during this virtual program. The program is for youth-serving organizations. Presented by Indiana Youth Institute. Apply by June 1.

Insight series: What New Orleans might be telling Indianapolis panel discussion on May 11 at 3 p.m. at the University of Indianapolis. Tulane University Professor Doug Harris shares findings from his book Charter School City: What the End of Traditional Public Schools in New Orleans Means for Education. Presented by the Center of Excellence in Leadership and Learning. Cost: Free. Register

Smart ways to strengthen your next grant proposal webinar on May 12 at 2 p.m. Learn insider tips from a grant maker and consultant who has helped numerous nonprofits raise millions of dollars from foundations. Presented by Chronicle of Philanthropy. Cost: $69. Register

HR Nonprofit Peer Group webinar on May 19 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Delve into the mind of today’s employee: What are they seeking? What prompts them to look for a new opportunity? Learn the importance of culture, how to exceed employees’ needs, and how to locate the ideal candidate. Presented by VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm. Cost: Free. Register

Equity and collaboration in racing panel discussion on May 19 at 1 p.m. at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790 W. 16th St. Learn about the equity and inclusion work being done within the world of IMS and connect with local civic leaders. Presented by Leadership Indianapolis, in partnership with the Leadership Indianapolis Cost: $25. Register

How to attract — and keep — top fundraisers webinar on May 24 from 2-3:15 p.m. Learn how to attract and advance fundraisers’ careers without a large budget, promote employee well-being, and prevent employee burnout. Presented by Chronicle of Philanthropy. Cost: $69. Register

Frame the problem webinar on May 25 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Before you can begin using data to inform decisions, identify what you are trying to accomplish and determine how data can help you. Presented by SAVI Data Literacy. Cost: Free. Register
Heart and Soul Clinic in Westfield is seeking individuals to serve on its board, beginning in 2023. The clinic provides free healthcare to uninsured and underinsured individuals in Central Indiana. Applicants should have some familiarity with governance and a passion for the mission of the clinic. Contact Lisa to learn more.
As the demand for governance increases, some organizations have found that adding a Chief Governance Office catalyzes board performance by tackling common sources of inconsistent governance.
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Private month-to-month offices for lease
Two furnished micro-offices and a premium suite are available at Nexus Impact Center for month-to-month rentals. Rentals include free meeting room credits, access to high-speed internet, free printing, and complimentary coffee. Tenants also have the opportunity to engage with other small businesses and nonprofits. Rates start at $393/month.

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Chief Development Officer – IndyHumane

Development & Campaign Coordinator - Easterseals Crossroads

Development Officer - Conner Prairie

Assistant Director of Individual Giving - Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra


Administrative Assistant - United Methodist Churches of Indiana (INUMC)

Part Time Receptionist - Indianapolis Ballet

Office Coordinator - Building Tomorrow

Membership Administrator (Part-time) - Junior League of Indianapolis

Office Manager - Central Indiana Community Foundation

Administrative Assistant - Center For Interfaith Cooperation

Administrative Assistant (Part-time) - Society of Professional Journalists


Communications Coordinator (Part-time; Contract) - Westfield Youth Assistance Program

Director of Development and Marketing - Center For Interfaith Cooperation

Audience Development Manager - Indiana Repertory Theatre

Communications Director - Kiwanis International

Graphic Designer - Society of Professional Journalists


Nonprofit Bookkeeper and Accountant - Southeast Neighborhood Development

Chief Financial Officer - Park Tudor School

Finance Assistant - The Nature Conservancy

Staff Accountant - Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity, Inc.

Staff Accountant - Society of Professional Journalists

Information Technology

Technology Support Specialist - Sycamore School


Housing Advisor - Transition Resources

Fair Housing Test Coordinator - Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana

Fair Housing Education & Outreach Coordinator - Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana

Bi-lingual Enrollment & Matching Specialist - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

Mentoring Relationship Specialist - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

Program Manager - Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter

Service Coordinator, Braeburn Village - Barrett & Stokely Inc

No Place to Call Home Assistant - United Way of Johnson County

Program Manager - Marian University - Center for Vibrant Schools

Public Programs Manager - Eiteljorg Museum

Director of Early Childhood Education - Edna Martin Christian Center

Community Leadership & Equitable Initiatives Associate - Central Indiana Community Foundation

Elementary Program Coordinator - Brookside Community Development Corporation Programs

Ryan White Grant Manager - Damien Center

340B Analyst - Damien Center

Program Director - Keenan-Stahl Unit - Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis

Director of Clinical Services - Hope Healthcare Services

Helpline Associate - United Way of Johnson County, Inc.

Peer Support Specialist - Damien Center


Performance Coordinator (Part-time) - Indianapolis Children's Choir