United Way, other non-profits work to improve equity in their services

Published: Apr. 9, 2021 at 9:21 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -The United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra and 20 nonprofits are working to improve equity in the services they offer and to combat inequality.

UWNNS launched its Equity Learning Community in February.. The ELC’s goal is to build diversity competency and create an equity action plan that will guide them in becoming more equitable organizations.

“UWNNS believes that by bringing the community together, we can maximize impact and accelerate the development of a more equitable community,” Michael Brazier, CEO and president of UWNNS, said in a statement. “In building the capacity of nonprofits to address inequities and barriers to success, the Equity Learning Community will help build a foundation for improving social outcomes and reimagining a thriving northern Nevada.”

The ELC is scheduled to run 10 months. The ELC is led by Calibrated Lens, an equity focused consulting firm, and UWNNS Community Impact Manager Stephane Rector.

For more information, call 775-322-8668 or visit

The participating groups are:

  • Arts for All Nevada
  • Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada
  • Community Foundation
  • Community Services Agency
  • Dress for Success
  • First Tee Northern Nevada
  • Food Bank of Northern Nevada
  • Friends of Nevada Wilderness
  • Good Luck Macbeth
  • High Sierra Area Health
  • Immunize Nevada
  • Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful
  • Nevada Cancer Coalition
  • Northern Nevada Literacy Council
  • Reno Philharmonic
  • Sierra Nevada Journeys
  • The Children’s Cabinet
  • The Great Basin Institute
  • Truckee Meadows Park Foundation
  • Urban Roots

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