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- We will not work with organizations who do not have a formal board/management approved policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation AND gender identity and expression, or who are unwilling to adopt one with our counsel.
- We will not work with organizations whose leadership believes they ‘know it all’ — Why hire a consultant if you already know everything? We certainly don’t. And we know it. And WE’RE the consultants. We hope we learn as much from you as you do from us.
- The relationship between the chief executive and the organization’s board is critical. We want to work with both. If that is not possible, we want to work with you to figure out how it can be possible. If you’re not willing to do that, we’re not interested.
- If your organization’s ideology and core values do not include and work toward diversity and inclusion, including those with disabilities, we’ll want to know why and how we can help it happen. If that’s not possible, we’re out.
- We likely will not work with start-up organizations without analyzing the entire landscape and ensuring there is no objectively unnecessary duplication of service.
- We will not work for free or to “gain experience” — we’ve been there, done that, got the experience. Our team is modest and we aren’t looking to become rich, but we do have bills to pay. (Exception: We choose a handful of charities a year to do a pro-bono project for. Applications are available each Fall.
- Our consultants and associates are smart, experienced, diverse, and direct. We’ll probably ask questions that will make some uncomfortable. If you can’t handle the question, you probably can’t handle the answer… and that’s difficult. Our services require this to be impactful and to inspire change and progress.