Richard Branson once said, "If you look after your staff, they will look after your customers. It's that simple." Nonprofit employees traditionally have a variety of unique challenges and expectations that are not found in the for-profit sector, nonetheless it is imperative the executive leaders and governance volunteers invest in their employees to maintain a healthy, sustainable and client (customer) centered organization.
The action of one individual impacts us all! So, in my sadness and rage, I ask myself,"What can I do?" I share my list below to encourage others to take action. Create your personal plan in support of Orlando and the worldwide LGBTQ community. Let's make a collective positive impact!
The Muttart Foundation's 2013 report, "Talking About Charities" speaks to the trust level Canadians have in their charities. While 79% of Canadians report having a lot or some trust in charities, there is a need to understand why 20% say they have little or no trust in charities. In my opinion, it's the erosion of trust, accountability and health of the board team inside the organization that has rippled to the public arena.
With over 1.3 million people working in over 89,000 charitable and nonprofit organizations in Canada, the sector is a dynamic and caring place to work with a reach well beyond its local and national borders. Imagine the collective power of positive change that could ripple globally if all Canadian charities made workplace diversity and inclusion a greater priority.