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Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

Achieving Success through Inclusion

Richmond, VA   |  http://www.inclusiveVA.org

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Mission

*ACHIEVING SUCCESS THROUGH INCLUSION*The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion.

Ruling year info

2006

President & CEO

Mr. Jonathan C. Zur

Main address

5511 Staples Mill Road Suite 202

Richmond, VA 23228 USA

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Formerly known as

National Conference of Christians and Jews - Virginia Region

National Conference for Community and Justice - Virginia Region

Virginia Conference for Community and Justice

EIN

20-3188273

NTEE code info

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) works to address issues of bias, prejudice, and discrimination in schools, businesses, and communities across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Over the past several years, the demand for VCIC’s services has grown dramatically, as intolerance across lines of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and class has become even more visible in many of our communities. The number of active hate groups in Virginia tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center has risen by over 25% in the last twenty years. At the same time, teachers, business leaders, and community members regularly report to VCIC that they aren’t equipped to have conversations around issues of prejudice in their schools, organizations and neighborhoods. VCIC also knows that the growing demand for our programs also means that more Virginians are becoming aware of intolerance and inequity in the world around them and are willing to stand up for inclusion.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Programs for Schools

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities is a trusted partner for K – 12 and higher education students, educators, and administrators working to create equitable learning environments. VCIC provides expert consultation and facilitates award-winning workshops, retreats, and forums to promote inclusion at schools across Virginia. Learn about specific program offerings at https://www.inclusiveVA.org/programs/schools/

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Religious groups
LGBTQ people

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities provides professional development and consultation to enhance workplace cultures all across the Commonwealth. Programs are designed to maximize teamwork, productivity, employee retention, customer service, and service delivery. Clients include small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Learn more about specific program offerings at https://www.inclusiveVA.org/programs/businesses/

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Religious groups
LGBTQ people

The fight against prejudice is a cooperative process. The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with like-minded organizations to maximize our efforts towards inclusion and respect, striving to meet the ever-changing needs of localities across the Commonwealth. Learn more about specific program offerings at https://www.inclusiveVA.org/programs/communities/

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Children and youth
Religious groups
LGBTQ people

Where we work

Awards

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) mission is to work with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success by addressing prejudices, in all forms, to improve academic achievement, increase workplace productivity, and enhance local trust. Through workshops, retreats, and customized programs that raise knowledge, motivation, and skills, VCIC develops leaders who work together to achieve success throughout the Commonwealth. VCIC’s work increases individual knowledge, skill, and willingness to stand up against bias and discrimination, while giving teams and individual leaders the tools to drive inclusive shifts in culture, policy and practice across their institutions and communities.

VCIC’s vision is to create a Virginia where every person is included and where prejudice, intolerance, and fear of facing those issues don’t stand in the way of success for our schools, businesses, and communities. In order to achieve this vision, our overarching organizational goal is to transform thousands of individual Virginians and hundreds of organizations each year into knowledgeable, committed, and skilled advocates for inclusion who can make meaningful, lasting changes in their local environments for years to come.

VCIC services and programs bridge the gap between immediate responses to incidents of bias, discrimination, or hate, and long-term, proactive efforts to lead organizations and communities toward active inclusion and equity. VCIC’s “Awareness to Action” program methodology has been shown to dramatically increase individual knowledge, skill, and willingness to stand up against bias and discrimination, and VCIC’s Success through Inclusion framework gives teams and individual leaders the tools to drive inclusive shifts in culture, policy and practice across their institutions and communities. VCIC’s program strategy focuses on three main areas of change:

Schools: VCIC educator professional development and student leadership programs engage over 11,000 participants each year, reducing bullying, stereotypes, and prejudice in schools and youth-serving organizations.

Businesses: VCIC staff provide professional development for Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations, fostering workplace inclusion for over 4,000 participants annually.

Communities: VCIC provides locally-focused programs for over 5,000 individuals annually that address critical community issues such as race relations, interfaith understanding, immigration and xenophobia, and poverty.

The services that VCIC provides (both in-person and virtual) have a significant impact on individuals, organizations, and communities across Virginia. VCIC’s robust program evaluations regularly demonstrate statistically significant changes in individual knowledge, skill, and motivation to create change around issues of bias, discrimination, and inclusion within their schools, businesses, and communities. Additionally, through the development and supported implementation of inclusion action plans, many VCIC programs also have a direct impact on organizations themselves, catalyzing shifts in both policy and culture that make them measurably more inclusive.

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities is the only non-profit organization serving the entire Commonwealth of Virginia with a demonstrated track-record of helping schools, businesses, and communities advance inclusion through learning, engagement, and skill-building. As an organization, VCIC has over 85 years of experience in promoting inclusion across multiple lines of difference in Virginia. In addition to this deep experience, our team also brings cutting-edge knowledge of best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion education, identity development research, and bias-reduction strategies.

VCIC also brings to our work a high level of on-the-ground applied experience and deep connections to key stakeholders and affected communities across Virginia. VCIC’s professional staff of a dozen facilitators conduct hundreds of programs, training over 20,000 Virginians annually. Staff member engage in rigorous ongoing professional development and peer-to-peer observation and skill-building. With a State Board comprised of educational, business, and civic leaders from across the Commonwealth, and volunteer chapters in Lynchburg, Peninsula, Richmond, and Tidewater along with a state-wide reach, VCIC also benefits from engaging a highly skilled and diverse mix of Virginians in guiding and supporting our local work. Finally, thanks to many years of prudent fiscal management, strategic capacity growth, and strong community support, VCIC has the internal organizational systems, checks and balances, and prudent reserve fund resources necessary to ensure that we can continue meeting our goals even in uncertain and challenging times.

Founded in 1935 as the Virginia Region of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ), VCIC’s early work focused on helping communities address religious and ethnic intolerance in Virginia. Increasing work on racial discrimination in the 1950s and 1960s, and on an expanding set of diversity issues throughout the 1970s through 1990s cemented NCCJ’s (and now VCIC’s) reputation as a trusted and valued resource for advancing inclusion across the state.

Incorporating into an independent nonprofit in the 2000s, VCIC is now a statewide leader in supporting Virginia schools, businesses, and communities to navigate issues related to diversity and inclusion, providing over 500 workshops, retreats, summits and community forums for schools, businesses, and communities across the Commonwealth each year. Evaluations consistently demonstrate that VCIC activities produce measurable results in reducing bias and increasing inclusion for tens of thousands of participants each year. Furthermore, VCIC programs consistently result in significant and concrete long-term changes in individual behaviors, organizational cultures, and DEI-related organizational and educational policies.

By providing rigorous, evidence-based programs that measurably increase thousands of Virginians’ knowledge, skills, and capacity to advance equity in schools, businesses, and communities across the Commonwealth, VCIC is making significant progress toward our vision of a Virginia where every person is included, and where prejudice, intolerance, and fear of facing those issues don’t stand in the way of success.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

Board of directors
as of 01/21/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Ashby Kilgore

Newport News Public Schools, Retired

Term: 2022 - 2024

Ashby Kilgore

Newport News Public Schools, Retired

Lisa Hicks-Thomas

Dominion Energy

Mekbib Gemeda

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Charlie Boyd

BWX Technologies, Inc.

Jodi Gillette

Central Virginia Community College Educational Foundation

Joycelyn Spight Roache

Old Point Financial Corporation

Karla Almendarez-Ramos

City of Richmond

Douglas Jones

Fahrenheit Advisors

Jill McCormick

The Jackson Foundation

Vivian Oden

Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Cameron Patterson

Longwood University & Robert Russa Moton Museum

Melvyn Smith, Jr.

Genworth

Bimaljit Sandhu

Richmond Gastroenterology Associates

Nhu Yeargin

YLS Inc. Landscape Contractor

Tamika Brewer-Johnson

Atlantic Union Bank

Veleka Gatling

Old Dominion University

Dwight Jones

Hunton Andrews Kurth

Alison Morrison-Shetlar

University of Lynchburg

May Nivar

Altria

Dennis Roberts

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynchburg, Virginia

Jim Weinberg

Hirschler

Karen Hendricks-Muñoz

VCU School of Medicine / Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Calandra Jarrell

Bank of America Corporation

Nadine Marsh-Carter

The Cameron Foundation

Khalid Matin

VCU Health System

Jeffery Smith

Virginia Air & Space Science Center

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/1/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/22/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.