Meeting the Essential Standards – Non-discrimination Policy

Meeting the Minimum Standards – Creating a Non-Discrimination Policy

As a general member, it is required that your agency have a non-discrimination policy. While creating your policy, you can get tips for what to include from U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, here.

You can also use an example non-discrimination policy from The Denver Foundation:

Adopted by the Board of Directors on [ DATE ]

[ NONPROFIT ] does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

[ NONPROFIT ] is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


If your agency already has a non-discrimination policy and you want to share some of the language with others who are still drafting theirs, please add it in the comments below.

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