Minority Inclusion Project was founded in 2015 by Jamal Jimerson. Jamal's inspiration for starting the organization is rooted in his career as both a Black man dealing with racism in the world and as a leader battling racism in the nonprofit sector. After 15 years in various leadership roles, Jamal was struck by the clear lack of racial and ethnic diversity in senior leadership and boards of nonprofits. With support from the founding board members Esther Jean-Marie, Nicole Walton, Sean Campbell, James Lamb, and Sarah Carter, MIP achieved its 501c3 status and launched its programs in 2016. We are proud that we have developed an organization that is responsive to our peer-learning network and exists to help professionals of color and nonprofits achieve their goals.
Minority Inclusion Project exists to close the nonprofit racial leadership gap by developing pathways to leadership for people of color while helping community organizations become structurally and systemically diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
To close the nonprofit racial leadership gap by leading efforts to overcome individual, institutional, and systemic barriers
To help nonprofits stay effective and relevant in a changing world by aligning their values based on equity and inclusion with their practices
To break the cycle of racialized practices, organizational structures, and policies that lead to majority-white boards and staff in nonprofits
To increase the number of nonprofit leaders of color needed to address the practices and biases of nonprofits