Beloved Community designed these standards to be applicable to any sector, nonprofit, benefit or for-profit corporation, school system or community organization.  These standards guide the development of nearly 200 indicators to help leadership teams drill down on their strengths and gaps when implementing strategies to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in every facet of their organizations.  The Equity Audit, a free, online tool, is designed with each of these standards and indicators.


The demographics of stakeholders in every level of the organization are representative of the demographics in their region. Region refers to the broader geopolitical group, typically, but not always, the city or municipality. Organizations with multi-county, multi-parish, or state-wide services should adjust region to their larger footprint. Demographic diversity prioritizes socio-economic, race, ethnicity, linguistic, sex, age, disability, nationality, migrant status, and homelessness as federally-reported data. Demographic diversity should also include gender, sexual orientation, religion, undocumented status, and geography as self-reported by stakeholders.

Framing question: To what extent does our __________ population reflect our regional demographics?

D1: Awareness

D2: Application

D3: Selection

D4: Participation


Equity is examined. The organization examines and adjusts all processes and decisions to insure that access and outcomes cannot be correlated to demographic diversity. Organizational processes and decisions insure that all demographics are equally represented in selection, programming, decision-making, and outcomes. This extends from entry/selection to promotion and retention to negative consequences.

Framing question: To what extent are the outcomes from _________ program predictable by participants’ demographics?

E1: Audits and Access

E2: Assignment

E3: Advancement

E4: Financial

E5: Performance Outcomes


Stakeholders have ample opportunities to contribute to the decisions that impact their work and/or services in the organization. Stakeholder inclusion progresses from comfort and belonging to continuous, profound, shared power and accountability.

Framing question: To what extent do our diverse populations feel comfortable, respected, and empowered within our organization? To what extent are diverse community perspectives included in decision-making that impacts their lives?

I1: Language

I2: Shared voice, shared power

I3: Belonging

I4: Cultural Relevance