ItemGETTING THE BOARD ON BOARD: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION TRAINING FOR NONPROFIT BOARD OF DIRECTORS(2023-05) Abrams, Ellys, R.Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is a critical issue in nonprofit governance. This paper suggests how to create and implement an effective DEI training for nonprofit board members that is sophisticated, targeted, and customized to the board's strategic and fiduciary responsibilities. The methodology for the project was based on a review of scholarly literature of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion theory, both at the board and organizational level; adult learning theory; and instructional training design. The proposed DEI board training includes three modules (In-Person Activation, Asynchronous Online Education, and In-Person Engagement). The overall goal of the training is to introduce nonprofit board members to DEI principles and best practices and the reasons why DEI needs to be an intrinsic component of their fiduciary responsibilities. The training will engage board members in meaningful DEI-based conversations through which they will begin to understand how they can, and why they should, effect robust DEI practices and policies throughout their organization and incorporate DEI principles in carrying out their governance duties. The training is designed to be the initial stage in the greater DEI education of nonprofit boards. As a result of the training, nonprofit boards can become better positioned to help lead their organizations in ways that affirm the unique needs of all stakeholders. ItemThe Words Behind the Abortion Wars Comparing Nonprofit Narratives about Abortion from 1973 to the Present(2022-12) Collins, AliceThis paper uses a comparative historical methodology to investigate how the language of pro-choice nonprofits compares to that of anti-choice nonprofits since the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973. Four nonprofits serve as the primary sources of this study: Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Americans United for Life, and National Right to Life Committee. The findings suggest that the narratives of nonprofits within the pro-choice and anti-choice movements have evolved in conjunction with historical social movements, and that certain similarities and differences have withstood time to remain prevalent today. Notable similarities between nonprofits in both movements involve discussions of social inequalities and the wellbeing of women. On the other hand, discourse about fetal personhood and personal privacy continue to represent differences in the rhetoric of anti-choice and pro-choice nonprofits. The results highlight that certain language represents a common ground between pro-choice and anti-choice nonprofits, and that centering messaging around these shared talking points may be a useful tool for pro-choice advocacy in the future. ItemRescue Remedy: Connecting Humans and Horses(2022-12) Holzhacker, HayleyThis paper explores the need to develop pro-animal welfare behaviors in people to help improve the lives of animals. The routine of many equine care and barn management practices lends itself to habit formation. It encompasses the positive impact of having a standard routine on horses and humans. The Rescue Remedy project and the pilot program are to increase the accessibility of equine-assisted interactions for all. The research paper and project were accomplished by identifying and researching the healing, therapeutic properties, and community benefits horses can provide to people of all ages and abilities. The research, as discussed in this paper, was significant for developing and implementing the project: Rescue Remedy. The plan in the future is to use this research to build partnerships and additional program offerings with Rescue Remedy. ItemProfessionals Who Care: A Nonprofit Design for Inclusivity of Caregivers in the Workplace(2022-05) Schofield, Joanna PierceInformal caregivers provide essential care to the disabled, ill, aging, or injured, services that are valued over $470 billion annually in the United States. Research has shown that nearly half of these caregivers had no choice in taking on their role, and that this population experiences significant financial, physical, and mental health struggles. 32.3 million of these caregivers must balance both care and job responsibilities, and these employed caregivers face widespread discrimination in the workplace. The bias against care providers is based on historic expectations of what makes an ideal worker: traditional hours, uninterrupted, and in person. These cultural standards have limited relevancy in today’s society with high rates of caregiving in the home, advanced technology, and the proven success of remote and flexible work during the covid-19 pandemic. While the workplace has made strides in recognizing the benefits and becoming more thoughtful of diversity-equity-inclusion issues and employment well-being, employed caregivers often encounter experiences as an invisible and marginalized class. This report will explore the struggles of employed caregivers, describe workplace advocacy gaps, and detail the design, benefits, and incorporation for Professionals Who Care, a nonprofit dedicated to inclusivity for employed caregivers in the workplace. ItemThe Power of Nonprofit Online Advocacy to Catalyze Social Change: A Case Study Analysis(2021-12) Nguyen-Novotny, My Linh H.Historically nonprofit organizations in the U.S. have played a critical role in representing the political and legal interests of marginalized groups. They take on some of the biggest and most complex challenges with the expectation from funders to spend as little as possible. For smaller under-funded nonprofits with limited staff, not having capacity to use technology effectively, is a serious disadvantage in an already lobsided competition with billion-dollar private foundations. In today’s digital world online advocacy can be a valuable tool for nonprofits to disseminate and correct misinformation, to mobilize and empower citizens into taking action such as getting out the vote, lobbying, and applying pressure on government officials. There is much at stake right now for nonprofits to play a pivotal role in safeguarding the changes that took decades of advocacy and lobbying to accomplish in the U.S. The Internet after all, contrary to popular belief, originated from a small group of intrepid nonprofits who built the first global Non-Governmental Organization electronic network. This research explores the external factors that contribute to a 501c3 nonprofit’s ability to catalyze social change by using online advocacy. It reviews two advocacy campaigns and offers several important lessons for nonprofit organizations wishing to become more effective policy advocates: 1) Both MoveOn and ProPublica are able to empower citizen lobbying at the grassroots level; 2) Both nonprofit organizations leverage online media advocacy in unique ways to shape news coverage; and 3) they use online media to open innovative modes of communications to direct and sustain on-going engagement with stakeholders to expand political representation.