We Have Formed a New Nonprofit Entity:
The Centre for Global Inclusion, incorporated July 5, 2017
The Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World (GDIB) and all related tools and materials will become part of that new entity along with many other services that will help meet our new mission: to serve as a resource for research and education for individuals and organizations in their quest to improve diversity and inclusion practices around the world. The Centre logo appears to the left.
Founding Board members are: Julie O’Mara as Board Chair and President, Alan Richter as Treasurer, and Nene Molefi as Secretary.
We are in the process of filing the paperwork to obtain US IRS 501c3 nonprofit tax exempt status and have started operations as such. We have organized as a public charity focused on education and research on diversity and inclusion around the world.
We are therefore changing our relationship with The Diversity Collegium, which holds 501c6 IRS status. That status does not enable individuals and organizations to receive tax exempt credit for donations. The Collegium is still very much an important supporter of the GDIB. Since 2013, The Collegium has committed time, energy, and resources to enable the GDIB to continue its successful growth. We are so appreciative of The Collegium’s commitment to the GDIB and being our “home” from 2013 until now. It is now time for us to take this next step to maximize, not only the potential of the GDIB, but to grow to achieve The Centre’s mission as stated above.
Our Commitment to the Future
The past couple of years have seen a tremendous increase in activity and interest in the GDIB. While this is all good, providing something for free comes at a significant cost both financially and in time and resources. The 501c3 status provides the structure to raise funds from multiple sources. Keeping the GDIB free is a promise we have kept since it was first published by us in 2006. We intend to keep that promise.
You will be hearing more from us in the near future as we will be announcing our officers and new governing and advisory boards shortly.
Here are some of the goals and strategies we are planning to accomplish in the future through The Centre for Global Inclusion:
• Continuing research on the evolution and effectiveness of D&I practices of organizations in various sectors, industries and regions around the world.
• Translations of the GDIB into other languages beginning with Spanish and French.
• Customized GDIB editions for sectors, industries, approaches, and regions.
• Case studies and video-based educational tools.
• Self-paced online learning tools and blogs.
• Live and archived webinars.
• Gatherings of practitioners to improve D&I.
• Extensive use of social media.
• Educational tools and resources.
• Journal articles and conference presentations.
• Resources that create an extensive global footprint.
In addition, your ideas for the ongoing development of the GDIB and for projects and tools that will help you in your work and help meet The Centre’s mission are welcomed.
If you have questions, comments or project ideas, please send them to us. And please note that soon you will receive information with opportunities for sponsorships and donations to The Centre for Global Inclusion. Thank you for your support over the years and we are grateful for this opportunity to continue our journey and achieve our mission to the highest possible level.