ASAE’s Index Helps NHSA Members Assess Diversity and Inclusion


The National Human Services Assembly is excited to announce a new partnership with ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, in order to develop a strategic, sector-wide framework to advance the efforts of nonprofits and human services organizations to achieve greater diversity and inclusion.

NHSA and its members have long promoted the value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and now, through an exclusive discount, NHSA members and their affiliates have access to an assessment and measurement tool specifically designed for leaders of nonprofit organizations. ASAE’s Association Inclusion Index is the only online diagnostic tool of its kind for 501(c)3 and 501(c)6 membership organizations seeking to measure and improve the management of their current diversity and inclusion philosophies, policies, and practices. Once the survey is complete, a report is generated to help senior leadership benchmark–in real-time–the organization’s performance compared with others in the field.

association inclusion index“There’s a convergence of demographic, social, and technological shifts taking place, and nonprofit membership organizations face challenges of starting and sustaining progress in specific areas of diversity and inclusion,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE. “The collaboration with NHSA will give us an opportunity to develop products and practices that we can share across the nonprofit sector.”

NHSA and ASAE will share their vision of D+I for member organizations, link concepts of D+I to the challenges association leaders face, and NHSA will promote ASAE’s Association Inclusion Index with their members and affiliate networks. Thanks to a grant from Hyatt Corporation, associations now have access to this type of instrument, and now ASAE and NHSA are partnering to offer the high-quality tool at a dramatic low price for NHSA’s members.

The Association Inclusion Index uses questions that are specifically designed to provide actionable information for strategic thinking and decision-making about how to achieve greater reach, relevance, and reputation in diversity and inclusion. As more and more associations use and comment on this instrument, ASAE will continue to refine the resources and benefits of it to reflect the insight gleaned from participants.

“We are proud to partner with ASAE on advancing the work of our member organizations nationwide to embrace inclusion in every aspect of their work.  Members of our Diversity & Inclusion Council and our member executives affirm the centrality of this work; we look forward to working with ASAE on a strategic framework for the nonprofit sector.” Karen Key, Executive Vice President & COO of NHSA also stated, “In early 2014 we will be launching this collaboration by promoting ASAE’s ground-breaking Inclusion Index as a comprehensive, essential tool that will help us make great strides this year and in years to come.”

For information on how to set up an account and use the Assembly’s discount, please contact Erin Coates at

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