Racial Equity Resources

As the organization in Kentucky dedicated to advancing Kentucky's nonprofit sector and its leaders, KNN is committed to be a catalyst for transformation and a resource for nonprofit professionals and volunteers seeking to address racial equity and the impact it has on the work of nonprofits and those we serveThe goal of this work is to help organizations build on the core strengths of diversity, equity, and inclusion - making space for greater client trust and engagement; larger employee, board and volunteer pools; better collaboration and decision-making; and stronger results. KNN strives to engage nonprofits across Kentucky in strategies that will increase representation, access and inclusion for people of color. Our aim is to meet everyone wherever you are in your journey to address racial equity in your personal and organizational work.

KNN will continue to curate resources and tools for individuals and organizations working to make Kentucky better through an honest dialogue about taking action to improve our shared future. 

Monthly call series - Let's Talk Equity: Conversations on DEI For Nonprofit Leaders

Work of the KY Nonprofit Racial Equity Task Force: 

KNN launched the Kentucky Nonprofit Racial Equity Task Force to guide us in our work to measure and improve racial equity in the nonprofit sector. Task force members are nonprofit leaders from across Kentucky, and the work officially began in January 2021. The Task Force is one outcome of KNN's commitment to racial and social equity, and works to engage nonprofit organizations of all sizes to increase representation, access, and inclusion for people of color. Click here to learn more about the survey condducted by the Task Force and the next steps in their work, including ways YOU can lend your voice to the discussion and action plans. 

Resources from KNN and its members:

Additional resources & articles:


  • A Black Women's History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry & Kali Nicole Gross
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Deadly Injustice: Trayvon Martin, Race, and the Criminal Justice System by Devon Johnson
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  • Stamped by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
  • Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis