When city officials bombed the headquarters of the MOVE compound in 1985, few would have predicted an opera eventually would rise from the ashes. Opera Philadelphia plans to share this recent production with the city in a free (but partially crowdfunded) event this fall.
Nonprofits are playing dual roles as savior and perpetrator in the “Starbucks Incident.” If we are real, we will look at the fact that while we demand to see Starbucks’ policies and push for redress, many of us work in nonprofits that don’t even have grievance procedures.
Since major responsibility for disaster recovery falls to FEMA and other parts of the federal government, the uneven response and results we see pose a difficult question: Are all parts of America and all Americans equal?
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As many readers may know, NPQ and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network earlier this month issued a call for papers from young people active in civil society on their thoughts about equity, diversity and inclusion. That call has now closed and we have been overwhelmed by the response, receiving more than 130 submissions. That response sparked our interest in running this classic article again. Over the years, I have found this strain of inquiry very instructive in thinking about why patterns of exclusion in nonprofits that see themselves as liberal or progressive persist.