Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
ZIM Consulting (ZIM) is a woman-owned, Denver-based company that specializes in grant research and writing, development, strategic and succession planning, training, and implementation services for nonprofit organizations. ZIM has worked with more than 340 nonprofits over the past 15 years, the majority of which are located in Colorado. Additionally, ZIM has performed projects with nonprofits who provide services in all 50 States, and with international clients who provide services in 121 countries around the world. Our staff currently consists of 21 team members and three contractors.
ZIM values the perspectives, identities, and experiences of all people, inclusive of gender, gender expression, faith, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, race, creed, occupation, or position. Our company values life-long growth and learning, the well-being of our team, clients, and the communities they serve, and the role nonprofits play in building a better world. The nonprofit sector is grappling with a history of inequality, and with systems that center whiteness, wealth, patriarchy, and colonialism. These systems hurt the nonprofit sector’s ability to act as organizational allies, address inequalities, and create sustainable, equitable solutions. We recognize that our company is embedded in these unequal systems in ways that do not align with our values, and as a team, we are committed to changing that. Using an anti-oppression lens, we are examining our own company culture, policies, and practices, as well as the ways that we engage with the nonprofit sector, our clients, and the communities they serve, both today, and in the future. We value reducing harm, mitigating the impacts of white supremacy culture, and advancing justice and equity in our communities. To bring our culture in alignment with our values, we are committed to the following:
We are committed to working with our clients to identify and address the root causes of systemic inequality, by strengthening our team’s capacity to do the same. We have established a DEI Taskforce and engaged Regan Byrd Consulting as an accountability partner to guide our ongoing learning and work.
Supporting nonprofits in advocating for more equitable and accessible grantmaking systems from funders, by leveraging our influence, connections, and unique role in this space on their behalf.
Addressing the nonprofit sector’s lack of equitable employment opportunities for members of diverse communities, starting by overhauling our own recruitment and hiring practices.
Increasing access to funding for communities and organizations that have been systematically excluded from philanthropic grantmaking, by re-examining the processes through which we assess and recruit our clients.
We recognize that diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences strengthen our team, and are committed to expanding support for team members and clients who have traditionally faced barriers or experienced oppression. We do this by actively creating opportunities and providing the tools necessary to succeed.
This list is a starting point, and we will continue our ongoing learning, listening, and collaboration to sustain our work in order to advance justice and equity within our communities.
ZIM Consulting's DEI statement was written in collaboration with Regan Byrd Consulting, ZIM's DEI taskforce, and members of the ZIM Consulting team.