[This article appeared in the February 13, 2012 edition of The Huffington Post at
Nearly two years ago, as part of our efforts to foster an open, inclusive, pluralistic Jewish community, we asked all Jewish organizations to join us in adopting non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity. We also challenged our fellow donors to hold organizations accountable for doing so.
But that was just the first step. In an effort to spark community-wide change, we joined last year with The Morningstar Foundation, Stuart Kurlander and an anonymous donor to support the Jewish Organization Equality Index. Run by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, this groundbreaking survey is designed to assess the inclusivity policies of Jewish nonprofit organizations toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and community members.
Since launching in late November, JOEI staff has received hundreds of inquiries from organizations around the country who are eager to be a part of this initiative.