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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, create a messaging platform, or launch a communications 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 certain groups 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. In order to direct resources and opportunities where they are needed most, we seek to question and address the structures that disadvantage certain 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 barrier 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

B Corp Certification

Prosper Strategies is a certified B Corporation. B Corporations (B Corps) are for-profit companies that use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. Prosper Strategies and other B Corps use an objective, third-party assessment, the B Impact Assessment to measure ourselves against the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. We have been a certified B Corp since 2014 and as of our last certification, scored 89.4 out of 100 on the B Impact Assessment, and we’re continually working to raise that score (see featured 2019 initiatives below).

As an elective part of our B Corp Certification, we also take part in the Inclusive Economies Challenge, which is specifically focused on helping us identify actionable, measurable ways to further our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Each year, we choose new goals from the Inclusive Economies Challenge to focus on. Learn about our focus goals for this year in the 2019 Initiatives section below.

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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.

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.

Featured 2019 Initiatives

Each year, we take the Inclusive Economies Challenge as an elective aspect of our B Corp Certification. The Inclusive Economies Challenge asks us to set at least three goals specifically related to diversity, equity and inclusion-focused aspects of the B Corp Impact Assessment where we feel we can improve. At the end of each challenge, we are required to report on our progress to B Lab (the certifying body behind B Corp) and hold ourselves accountable to measuring our progress using the Impact Assessment. For 2019, our areas of focus and related goals include:

Area of Focus: Paid Caregiver Leave for Salaried Workers

Goal: Extend number of weeks available to Prosper Strategies employees for paid caregiver leave and formalize this commitment in our employee handbook.

Area of Focus: Supplier Screen and Supplier Ownership Diversity

Goal: Develop a mechanism to collect information on ownership diversity and screen for positive practices beyond what is required by regulations among our significant suppliers. Then, increase our supplier ownership diversity (defined by B Lab as percentage of significant suppliers that are majority owned by women or underrepresented populations) by at least 5 percent. 

Area of Focus: Mission Lock

Goal: Amend our operating agreement to include stakeholder consideration and legally protect our mission and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.


We intend to add a progress report on these goals to this page at the end of the year, and will provide updates on our blog and social feeds as well.

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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.