Embracing Cultural Competency: A Roadmap for Nonprofit Capacity Builders

"An impressive breadth and depth of perspectives. Readers will find tools to help them gain greater cultural competency in working with communities—and become more inclusive in their processes."

Scot T. SpencerManager of Baltimore RelationsAnnie E. Casey Foundation

Embracing Cultural Competency

A Roadmap for Nonprofit Capacity Builders

by Patricia St.Onge

With Contributors

Beth Applegate

Vicki Asakura

Monika K. Moss

Brigette Rouson

Alfredo Vergara-Lobo

Embracing Cultural Competency

A Roadmap for Nonprofit Capacity Builders

Lead Author: Patricia St.Onge

Contributing Authors: Beth Applegate, Vicki Asakura, Monica Moss, Brigette Rouson, Alfredo Vergara-Lobo

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o "how-to" manual exists on cultural competency. And, compared to other topics in nonprofit management, little exists on the skills and strategies needed to address racism and inequity. Building cultural competency is an ongoing journey that nonprofit leaders choose to take because they know the end result will be a more inclusive, connected, and effective organization. Patricia St.Onge and her contributing authors help readers grapple with the urgent issues that can transform capacity builders into change agents in the nonprofit sector.

Embracing Cultural Competency

Discover a framework to help discuss issues related cultural competency•

Learn about methods, practices, and values that define cultural competency•

Understand the complexities within ethnic communities •

Gain insights into the nature of institutionalized racism and oppressions•

Through a range of methods—literature review, personal interviews, peer dialogue, insights of contributing authors—readers get a mosaic of perspectives that surround cultural competency. Plus, the book presents the insights of authors who represent five major ethnic communities in the United States: Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian, African American, White, and Latino.

starts the dialogue on how organizations can start building capacity. Nonprofit capacity builders will


Available July 2009ISBN 978-0-940069-68-8Order no. 069688176 pp, 7" x 10" softcover$29.95

Published by Fieldstone Alliance in collaboration with the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

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