Here's our boring, but important "official" mission statement:
"Diverse.org solicits donations of internship experiences from respectable organizations to enable the placement of diverse candidates in high-visibility roles where their unique contributions can provide mutual economic benefit."
Here is the statement translated into real-people-talk:
"We seek out enlightened executives who realize that diversity is a competitive advantage. We ask them to donate internship experiences for their companies. We then screen intern candidates for them and send the very best ones over for interviews. These smart execs use Diverse.org to help win the talent war while increasing corporate diversity."
(Yeah, we like that better too.)
What makes Diverse.org different?
Diversity and Inclusion are topics that are finally getting the attention that they deserve. While we have big plans for the space and are committed to making Diverse.org one of the Top 5 D&I Organizations worldwide, we would be quite happy if you donated to ANY D&I organization. Here are a few other options:
Sheryl Sandberg's non-profit LeanIn.org has done much for women in the workplace but does not accept outside donations; however you can "partner" with LeanIn.org as an organization.
Elen Pao's non-profit Project Include focuses on increasing the diversity of candidates applying for employment in the High Tech field and in educating the hiring managers at relevant organizations. Her 501c3 does accept donations and we wish our sister-in-arms the very best of luck in her endeavor to diversify the tech pool.
Freada Kapor Klein is the chair of the Level Playing Field Institute, co-founder of the SMASH Academy and a founding member of the Commission, a group of leading executives in entertainment and independent experts in Hollywood dedicated to fighting gender inequality. Freada and her husband Mitch are Jes & Nick's spirit animals in the Diversity & Inclusion game, and quite frankly are doing amazing work via impact investing through Kapor Capital and educating underrepresented individuals to increase their chances at becoming the founder of a successful tech startup. SMASH accepts donations.
As far as we know though, Diverse.org is the only D&I charity focused on direct placement of diverse candidates into internships as a programmatic focus.
Long story short, Diverse.org will complete IRS Form 990 (or relevant equivalent) on an annual basis to ensure transparency with donors and other interested stakeholders. Once Diverse.org qualifies for listing with Charity Navigator, we will ensure that they have the detail required to inform interested parties about our operations via their popular platform.
Finally, we have committed to adopting and following the principles outlined in the Donor Bill of Rights.
What is the 5 year plan for Diverse.org?
Diverse.org was originally contemplated in Q2'2017 and incorporated as a non-profit 501c3 company shortly thereafter. The founders are running this alongside their for-profit blockchain companies DigitalGoals, Inc. and the bitcoinR project; so, they are pretty darn busy.
However, we do want you to understand our macro roadmap which involves some tech-like-hockey-stick-growth-numbers: