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Exploitive to Empowered: Equitable Language in Nonprofit Communications

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As nonprofit professionals, we have the privilege of making choices about the language we use—whether in grant proposals, donor materials, or other external communications. Too often, we speak in generalizations or euphemisms to describe groups of people. Using shortcuts can dehumanize and oversimplify the very groups we aim to serve. However, we can work to remedy this issue by exploring the concept and practice of equitable language.

Listen as experts from Grants Plus share how to:

  • Understand changes and challenges related to equity in philanthropy.
  • Learn how to identify and remedy cases of inequitable language.
  • Learn techniques to implement equitable language across your organization’s written and oral communications.


Kelley Malcolm | Engagement Specialist, Grants Plus

Kelly Howard | Senior Advisor, Grants Plus

About the Author

Tammy Tilzey is the Client Marketing Manager - Nonprofits, which encompasses intuitive grant management solutions designed to increase the efficiency and funding success of nonprofits. She particularly enjoys working and collaborating with passionate clients and coworkers. Tammy holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Montana State University and has held development, marketing, and services leadership roles at several growing software companies. In her role at Foundant Technologies, Tammy is able to further our mission to maximize the impact of the philanthropic community. What could be better than that? Tammy serves as membership chair for the Grant Professionals Association’s Idaho Chapter and also serves as Board Secretary for the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI).

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