When: October 7, 2020 — October 26, 2020

Where: Virtual Seminar

Cost: $450 SOLD OUT

*Future dates for the DEI seminar are on hold at present. If you would like to inquire about consulting and training related to DEI in advancement for your team, contact ALG.

Seminar Overview

At a time when nonprofit organizations need real innovation, better strategies, and new ideas in order to serve all constituents, applying better practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to fundraising and volunteer engagement is a business imperative. It’s a fact: diverse teams in inclusive cultures perform better. Aspen Leadership Group invites you to register for a fall professional development seminar that will show you how to apply DEI principles to increase involvement and investment of staff and stakeholders to advance your organization’s impact.

Unlike webinars, ALG’s professional development seminar will be hosted in an interactive cohort format, using a combination of presentation by experts, small group discussion in breakouts, and open forum Q&A. You will come away with new research and practical actions you can take to move from awareness about DEI to action that yields results. The seminar will cover three critical areas, specific to advancement/development: 1) creating a culture of inclusion and philanthropic partnership, 2) recruiting and retaining a more diverse team, and 3) inclusive volunteer engagement and fundraising.

Content will draw from ALG senior consultants’ expertise and several of their books, including a forthcoming, first-of-its-kind book on DEI in advancement. The seminar is recommended for senior leaders in advancement and development, hiring managers, and talent managers.

Session Schedule

The (three) 2-hour sessions will be held throughout the month of October, beginning October 7th, and hosted on Zoom in an interactive, classroom-style format.

Session 1: Creating a culture of inclusion and philanthropic partnership

Wednesday, October 7, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST

  • Beyond DEI 101: Applying DEI specifically to advancement/development practices
  • Creating a culture of inclusion
    • Why diversity and equity efforts fall short without a focus on inclusion
    • How to move from awareness to action and create sustainable behavioral change
  • A culture of philanthropic partnership
    • What donors and volunteers say about inclusion
    • Treating volunteers and donors as essential partners in creating your organization’s future
Session 2: Recruiting and retaining a diverse team

Wednesday, October 14, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST

  • Recruitment
    • Attracting candidates and building a diverse talent pipeline
    • Applying a DEI lens to recruitment: using inclusive language in all materials, reducing the effect of bias, and other strategies
  • Retention
    • From effective onboarding to increased employee engagement
    • Creating and empowering employee resource groups (ERGs) and Inclusion Councils
    • Building support systems for diverse professionals
Session 3: Fundraising and Volunteer Engagement

Monday, October 26, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST

  • Meeting diverse volunteers and donors where they are, and as they prefer
  • Emerging best practices: research and case studies from the field

If you have any questions about the seminar series, please email Colleen Flynn, Marketing Manager, at [email protected].


  • Angelique Grant, PhD., Vice President and Senior Consultant, certified diversity recruiter and unconscious bias facilitator, co-author, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Advancement: A Guide to Strengthening Engagement and Fundraising Through InclusionFull bio
  • Kathleen Loehr, Senior Consultant, author, Gender Matters: A Guide to Growing Women’s Philanthropy. Full bio
  • Ron Schiller, Senior Consultant and Founding Partner, co-author, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Advancement: A Guide to Strengthening Engagement and Fundraising Through Inclusion; author, Belief and Confidence: Donors Talk About Successful Philanthropic Partnership. Full bio

CFRE Credit

This seminar has been approved by CFRE and is eligible for 6 points.


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