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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

At Aspen Leadership Group, we believe that an organization’s capacity to reflect and respond to the rich diversity of our society profoundly impacts its ability to fulfill its mission. Accordingly, we are committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion, both in our own company and in partnership with our clients and the individuals we serve. 

We’re not just talking about diversity; we’re doing something about it. We are committed to this in three ways:  

  1. We focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) of the workforce in the nonprofit sector. 
  2. We collaborate with inclusive organizations through the Diversity Talent Partnership to expand diverse networks and learning around DEI. 
  3. We help fundraisers reexamine established practices to engage more diverse potential donors
Because we are in constant communication with current and aspiring philanthropy professionals inside and outside the context of search, we have developed a strong reputation as a trusted partner committed to supporting the passions, career goals, and professional development of diverse members of our community. We also support leaders who are committed to building inclusive organizations; we help our clients build diverse teams, not just diverse candidate pools. Drawing on research and successful practices throughout our network, we partner with clients to strengthen diversity within their organizations and in their engagement strategies through consulting, supporting courageous conversations, and sharing resources.

Whether you are a professional from a diverse background seeking to work for an organization that embraces your identity, a team leader seeking to foster a more inclusive workplace or donor engagement strategy, or a thought partner who would like to offer a resource, we welcome you to this conversation. If you share our commitment to strengthening diversity and inclusion in the advancement profession, we want to connect with you.


I founded the African American Development Officers Network 20 years ago because diversity in the fundraising profession is extremely important to me. I've had the opportunity to work with Aspen Leadership Group and witness first-hand their commitment to growing and supporting fundraisers from diverse backgrounds. They have taken a leadership stance in this regard. In our work as fundraisers, we can't succeed if we don't keep up with the changing times and how changes impact the organizations we serve. It’s important to foster teams that embody equity and inclusion, which is vital to our efforts. I appreciate how important diversity is to the Aspen Leadership Group and how it consistently shows up in their work. They walk the talk. 

- Birgit Smith Burton, Founder, African American Development Officers (AADO); Executive Director of Foundation Relations, Georgia Tech; Aspen Leadership Group Advisor


ALG has established strong relationships with various industry associations to increase diversity in the nonprofit sector. For years, we have built lasting, deep partnerships with numerous organizations as advisory board members, volunteer chairs, presenting and attending conferences, and meeting with leaders as they build their capacity.

Our industry partnerships and activities include: The African American Development Officer Network (AADO); CASE and AADO Conference on Diverse Philanthropy and Leadership; CASE’s Minority Advancement Institute (MAI); Association of Fundraising Professionals diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives; Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP); Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP); Women's Philanthropy Institute; the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University; and many more.

Recent presentation topics have included:

  • The World's Talking About Unconscious Bias: What Does That Mean in Advancement?
    The fact is that if you want to build teams and organizations capable of innovating, you need diversity, not to mention a very inclusive environment. Learn best practices when creating a diversity and inclusion program, how to have brave conversations, tips and strategies on hiring processes, and how to create a more inclusive environment.

  • Building an Inclusive Environment to Attract, Inspire and Keep a Diverse Team
    It's a fact: diverse teams perform better. Building a diverse workforce and having an inclusive work environment are business imperatives, but in our business we are lacking a diverse talent pipeline. No matter the size of your shop, diversity, opportunity, and inclusion efforts can help you attract, inspire, and retain the diverse talent needed to achieve your mission. Hear stories of success from a certified diversity professional, an established talent management program with diversity and inclusion efforts woven throughout, and a new inclusion program learning as it grows.

  • Gender Matters: A Practical Approach to Grow Women's Philanthropy
    What if we knew that our engrained fundraising “best practices" gain only minimal support from women? Quantifiable research shows how women give differently, and our practices and behaviors need to adapt to engage women donors as they prefer. Participants will learn about the research on how women give.  They will also discover how to discern what current practices may unconsciously get in the way of connecting with women, what their own data may be telling them, and what their women stakeholders care about. Finally, they leave with a practical process to tailor new approaches.

Aspen Leadership Group has been a key partner to me in my work to elevate diversity and equity as a shared value in the advancement world. ALG was the first in the field to publicly articulate its support of advancement professionals from all backgrounds, and to dedicate resources to matching individuals with institutions and opportunities that amplify what they bring to the table. In so doing, Aspen helps organizations on their paths to creating workplaces that offer true inclusion and belonging.
- Christina Chang, Principal, Christina Chang Equity Consulting, Aspen Leadership Group Associate

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with several leading institutions in a collaborative talent management effort to enhance the professional growth and career success of current and aspiring diverse advancement professionals from under-represented and non-traditional backgrounds. The Diversity Talent Partnership was developed to be a collaborative and supportive conduit between diverse and nontraditional advancement candidates and institutions who recognize, appreciate and support professional diversity.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DIVERSITY TALENT PARTNERSHIP

  • Learn about Our Partner Institutions
  • See Available Roles and Apply

  • Become an Institutional Partner

New partner institutions are regularly joining our partnership, and we are pleased to support their recruitment efforts. In addition, we announce a wide variety of new, exciting career opportunities nearly every week. The best way to explore our career opportunities and be informed of our resources is to join ALG’s Philanthropy Career Network (PCN). It's free and confidential.


Successful fundraising leaders know that one-size-fits-all fundraising does not work; it has always been important to meet donors as they prefer, with diversity in fundraising team members and strategies sufficient to address a diversity of donor motivations and approaches to giving. Diverse and inclusive teams have more understanding, experience, and perspective upon which to draw, allowing them to be more creative about reaching more donors and engaging them more deeply.

Yet fundraising leaders also have not gone far enough in reexamining established practices to engage more diverse potential donors. For some organizations, the diversity of the potential donor population is increasing; for others it is shifting. For most, diversity in the donor population has for some time been greater than the organization’s capacity fully to engage that diversity. It is critical to debunk myths around diverse giving and rethink fundraising behaviors and approaches, particularly with women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and other identities. 


Aspen Leadership Group offers consulting services that foster leadership development, organizational alignment, and a culture of philanthropy founded on a diverse and inclusive workplace in order to maximize the fundraising effectiveness of the organization. Led by senior consultants Angelique Grant, Kathleen Loehr, and Floyd Akins, alongside co-founder Ron Schiller, ALG's diversity consulting practice provides the most comprehensive services in the marketplace for nonprofit advancement teams.