Diversity & Inclusion

Guiding your organization in your journey to be more diverse, equitable, and welcoming.

Our Approach To Diversity & Inclusion

We know that nonprofits are stronger when they are diverse and welcoming. We create and hold space for conscious conversations to advocate for a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming nonprofit sector.

It is, and has always been, core to our purpose and values. Our strengths-based approach means we lead with a holistic view, emphasizing positive attributes and the need to work together for better outcomes.

Our suite of services, which we call From Bias to Belonging,SM is a collection of opportunities for nonprofit leaders (boards and staff) to engage in purposeful work that fosters lasting change in our communities.

Our Theory of Change reflects the outcomes we expect as a result of our efforts.

Diversity & Inclusion Consultation

Are you ready to take the next step towards creating a more diverse and welcoming organization? Are you curious as to how to lead a meaningful conversation with your team about inclusion, but not sure where to start? Let us help guide you.

If you need a sounding board to talk through a challenge or explore an idea, our door is open. We believe that every leader needs a safe space to get grounded, to think out loud, and to reflect. When you need support, our team is here for you.

For more information on how we can help, use our contact form or call us at 907-743-1200.

Diversity & Inclusion Facilitation

Is your board or staff in need of customized facilitation to tackle a specific issue around diversity? Are you working towards long-term diversity goals? Whether you seek clarity around your diversity intention or are looking for a guided conversation on personal bias in the workplace, we can help.

At Foraker we believe our role is convener, facilitator, and at times guide on your journey to creating a more diverse and inclusive organization. Our customized approach ensures you are getting to the results you need and that you are moving your mission forward.

We will create an engaging process that encourages everyone to participate and feel welcome.

Below are just a few of the topics we can address during a facilitation:

  • Recruiting, engaging, and retaining diverse board members
  • Clarifying the roles and responsibilities of a diversity committee or council
  • Helping to prioritize diversity, equity, and belonging goals
  • Working through and identifying personal bias, how it plays out in the workplace and within your mission
  • Reviewing and updating employee policies and other policies with a diversity and inclusion lens
  • Working through diversity issues that are “hot topics” for your organization
  • Planning of all types – including strategic and annual planning – in ways that prioritize your goals for diversity, equity, or belonging with a clear understanding of why it matters
  • Facilitating your creation of internal and external diversity intention statements

Don’t see a topic that meets your needs or not sure where to start? Contact us and we can discuss more customized facilitation options.

Diversity & Inclusion Courses

Join us for our diversity and inclusion offerings

A Way In: Starting Your Journey From Bias to Belonging

BIPOC Nonprofit Affinity Group: Foraker BIPOC Affinity sessions are a space for conversations focusing on BIPOC experiences in the nonprofit sector. These sessions are specifically for those who identify as people of color.

Diversity & Inclusion Resources

Find tools and resources to guide you on your diversity and inclusion journey.


DEI Theory Of Change (1.1 MB)
A reflection on the outcomes we expect as a result of our efforts.
Gender Pay Gap, Resources For Taking Action 2022 (235.3 KB)
Explore these questions with your team as you address the gender pay gap and check out additional resources that are available.
Sharing Your Personal Diversity Story at Work Tips and Reminders (185.8 KB)
Sharing personal stories about one’s own diversity and experience with equity and inclusion sets the stage for everyone in the room to get grounded to the real-world experiences of why diversity, equity, and inclusion matters. Here are some tips and reminders.
Tips for Reviewing Your Employee Handbook with a DEI Lens (190.1 KB)
This document is about reviewing your words, policies, and practices – those that exist and those that are missing – through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Sample Policies

Anti Harassment Policy Example (709.4 KB)
Refer to this example to help develop an appropriate anti-harassment policy for your organization.
Culturally Aware Project Methodologies (133.5 KB)
Outline of Foraker's project protocols for working with Alaska tribes.

Foraker Research

Alaska Counts Executive Summary (136.3 KB)
This summary recaps lessons learned from Alaska Counts, a statewide, multi-sector, nonpartisan education initiative spearheaded by the Alaska Census Working Group in preparation for the 2020 Census.
Making Connections: The Sustainability Model and Alaska Tribes (455.3 KB)
An assessment of how the sustainability model is helping Alaska Native tribes exercise tribal governance.

Additional Sector Research

Race To Lead – Confronting The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap
This report from the Building Movement Project identifies barriers to people of color who aspire to leadership roles in the sector.Race to Lead Revisited — Obstacles and Opportunities in Addressing the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap
This report from the Building Movement Project presents findings from their 2019 survey of nonprofit staff on their experiences of race and leadership in nonprofit settings.

Alaska Board Match

Connecting for diverse and inclusive Alaska Nonprofit Boards.

Alaska Board Match is an online match tool created to help nonprofits establish more diverse, inclusive and welcoming board rooms. This site also assists in pairing Alaskans ready to serve local nonprofits in need of the right board members at the right time.

Visit akboardmatch.org