Ebonie guides and directs clients through cultivation strategies that will build relationships and increase engagement with diverse next generation stakeholders.
Through her work here and through YBGB, she provides safe spaces for philanthropic leaders of color to network, learn and grow together in their respective roles as donors, board members and social entrepreneurs.
She connects the dots between black giving, and the sector's need for diversity, equity and inclusion unlike anyone else.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Across the Nonprofit Sector
The social impact sector currently confronts a deep schism between the demographic makeup of those
leading nonprofit organizations and those served by them. Search firm Commongood Careers shares in
its report, The Voice of Nonprofit Talent: Perceptions of Diversity in the Workplace, the nonprofit
employee workforce is 82 percent white and 10 percent African-American. Further, the nonprofit
governance expert BoardSource reports that 84 percent of board members are white, and over a quarter
of nonprofit boards consist of all white members. Yet, according to national surveys, people of color are
much more likely to be in an organization’s served population than among its executive or program
This mismatch in representation is the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) deficit, and poses a serious
challenge to nonprofit effectiveness. According to the National Council of Nonprofits, reflecting a
community’s diversity allows nonprofits to build the connections necessary to deliver the most practical
services. Without this reflection, it becomes increasingly difficult to build the trust and collaborations
needed to succeed.
Ebonie addresses the DEI deficit by working with organizations, institutions, and companies to identify
DEI pain points and creates sustainable programs to address such inadequacies. Further, Ebonie
cultivates existing or new relationships to develop a pipeline of professionals of color who are prepared
for effective leadership.
The Future of the Christian Church
Research reports will purport the future of the Christian church looks bleak. The reports will tell you that nearly 40% of 18-29-year-olds are religiously unaffiliated. Even worse, Gen Z is said to be the first "post-religious" generation. But God.
Here at Friends of Ebonie, LLC, we lead churches and faith-based institutions with faith and not by worldly sight. We lead organizations through young adult engagement strategies, fundraising and stewardship planning, design thinking and ministry innovation, and strategic partnership + community outreach.
Next Gen Black Philanthropy
Through her own leadership and groundbreaking NYU research, Ebonie is equipped with the facts about how young black professionals give and add value to causes they are passionate about. Equally, Ebonie can relate to this demographic and she is able to provide strategic professional development for those
seeking to strengthen their civic and philanthropic leadership.
Ebonie’s perspective is essential for nonprofit diversity and next-generation donor engagement. Let her work with your development and program staff, programming officers and/ or your board to take your organization to the next level. Ebonie offers diversity donor training, strategic partnership development, and niche community building.
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