Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are Priorities at Prosper Strategies.

At Prosper Strategies, we believe a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion makes us a more impactful company that contributes more consciously to the world we all share. We are dedicated to building a diverse team, fostering an inclusive culture and investing in equity across our organization. We are also committed to incorporating our diversity, equity and inclusion principles into our work with our clients in the nonprofit sector. This page is intended to define and explore our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion for our staff and the clients we serve.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are not boxes to be checked, but rather lifelong commitments that we believe we must each strive to deepen daily. As such, we are committed to making continual improvement in our diversity, equity and inclusion practices and initiatives and welcome outside feedback on our efforts and progress. We have defined concrete diversity, equity and inclusion principles, and each year, we set new areas of focus to help us deepen those commitments. You can learn more about both our principles and our current focus initiatives below. To provide feedback or start a discussion on this important topic, please contact us at hello@prosper-strategies.com.

Guiding Principles

We value, respect and elevate diversity in its many forms:

race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical and mental ability, genetic characteristic, military or veteran status, and more. Diverse perspectives lead to better outcomes for our company, our clients, our communities and our society. In our recruiting practices, we seek to bring diverse candidates to the table, and in our talent engagement and retention practices, we seek to create as many opportunities as possible for all people to grow and thrive.

We foster an inclusive environment.

In order to co-create with people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, we seek and foster an inclusive, collaborative, welcoming and mutually respectful environment for all. Prosper Strategies is a place where all team members can participate in decisionmaking, contribute meaningfully to our mission and reach their full potential while being true to themselves.

We engage the communities our work aims to help and stand in solidarity with them.

In our engagements with clients, we acknowledge and celebrate the power of lived experience and community-led change. We seek to engage the diverse communities and individuals our nonprofit clients serve in the work we do together. When we work with a nonprofit client to develop a new brand, develop a strategic plan, or launch a campaign that work almost always exists to help a community or group of individuals overcome or cope with a challenge they are experiencing or have experienced, from homelessness, to hunger, to sexual abuse. No matter how diverse we or our clients teams may be, we cannot each understand these challenges in the same way as someone who has lived or is living them. With this in mind, whenever possible and appropriate, we aim to engage those who have lived experience with the challenge we are working to address, create space for their insights, feedback and guidance, and stand with them in solidarity as they lead change in their own communities. We strive to work in partnership with our nonprofit clients and the people they serve to bring community and stakeholder-specific context to our work and address the root causes of disparate opportunities some people and communities face.

We aim for equity in all that we do.

We recognize that every individual doesn’t start from the same place because advantages and barriers exist, and systemic racism and oppression are everywhere. In order to direct resources and opportunities where they are needed most, we seek to question and address the structures that disadvantage some individuals and groups. We take deliberate action to reach, engage and include people who have historically been oppressed and underserved, as well as those who have faced significant barriers to opportunity of all kinds. A few examples of our practices that advance equity include:

  • We have a formal interviewing process for all open positions that includes scoring and blind applications
  • We schedule meetings, social gatherings and other group activities at times, locations and in formats that minimize disadvantages
  • We practice core hours (flexible scheduling) and encourage occasional telecommuting to make working at Prosper accessible to those with a variety of family structures and outside commitments
  • We are establishing an inclusive family leave program
  • We have created ongoing, inclusive education programs for staff and our community stakeholders on diversity, equity and inclusion

We strive for continuous improvement and share our progress.

We are not perfect. We also do not believe that we will ever be “done” in our quest to improve our efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion. However, we will strive for continuous growth in these areas, measure our progress, communicate openly and honestly about the work we’re doing to improve, and welcome feedback from any and all individuals interested in or impacted by our work.

Featured Ongoing Initiatives

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Recruitment and Advancement Process

We aim to make our employee recruitment and advancement process as inclusive and equitable as possible, and are making improvements all the time. For example, we use a blind audition process to evaluate prospective employees’ job skills outside of the context of their resume or identity, and are working to foster relationships with community organizations that will help us build a more diverse talent pipeline. Once an employee is on board, we aim to make their paths for advancement clear through detailed career pathing information and transparent salary bands, and invest in mentorship and networking opportunities that help employees grow. We know we can do better and have a long way to go in living our commitment to DEI through the makeup of our team. We are committed to creating opportunities for people of color to join Prosper Strategies as we recover from the COVID crisis and work to be able to hire again.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council

Each quarter, we host a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council meeting which is open to our entire team. This meeting is a chance to connect, share and learn from one another about a wide range of topics. Recent and upcoming discussions have focused on topics ranging from language in the workplace to immigration issues. At these meetings, we also discuss and set personal and company goals for advancing our diversity, equity and inclusion practices over the next quarter and review our progress from the previous quarter.

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Foster Inclusion Workshops and DEI Teamwork Feed

Our partners at Ethos Talent facilitate an annual Foster Inclusion Workshop at Prosper Strategies focused on helping us explore new ways to create conditions for fostering inclusion in a manner that is true to Prosper Strategies and what we value most. Many of the initiatives and principles discussed here have come out of these workshops. To continue discussions and meaningful action between workshops and council meetings, we have an open thread on our project management tool, Teamwork, where team members can share and discuss insights, articles and ideas related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

For our thoughts on the senseless killing of George Floyd and the steps we’re taking, as a company and as individuals, to become actively anti-racist, please see this post.

We’re eager to discuss our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion with you and look forward to your feedback.

Whether you’re a career seeker, prospective client, or just a member of our community or sector, please get in touch to continue this important conversation with us.