Minority Inclusion Project was founded in 2015 by Jamal Jimerson. Jamal's inspiration for starting the organization is rooted a life and career of navigating racism and systemic inequity. After 15 years in the nonprofit sector, Jamal was struck by the clear lack of racial and ethnic diversity in senior leadership and boards. 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 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.
Our work is grounded in the principles of:
- Systemic analysis of racism and its individual, institutional, and cultural manifestations in nonprofits and public agencies
- Accountability to our peer learning network which includes people of color and institutional partners who share a common analysis of racism and a mutual desire to diversify nonprofit leadership
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