The Small Town Project (STP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The STP is an equal opportunity charitable organization committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination in volunteerism, contributions, and support. It is the policy of STP to consider qualified applicants for volunteer opportunities, contributions, and requests for support without regard to sex, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, pregnancy, leave status, disability, veteran or draft status and/or any other characteristic or status protected by national, federal, state, or local law.
STP works together with our members, other nonprofits, communities, funders, and stakeholders to enrich communities by building the capacity of the community through services and advocacy. We believe our mission is most effectively fulfilled through a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness as a core value and practice.
We maintain that building and sustaining diversity requires an ongoing commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms, and behaviors. Throughout our work, we support diversity across all lines of difference, including age, economic circumstance, ethnicity, sex, race, range of ability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression. We aim to lead by example, viewing and encouraging diversity as a fundamental and abiding strength of New York State’s nonprofit community.
STP recognizes that its effectiveness will be enhanced and its mission well served when the practice of inclusion is reflected in all aspects of the organization and specifically when:
Board Membership: Our Board of Directors reflects the rich and growing diversity of our state and its regions, and the 501c3 nonprofit sector.
Programming: We create and implement programs using our awareness of cultural differences and treat all clients with respect. We seek engagement and input from the board members in our corporate family, employees, members, funders, and other stakeholders to ensure that our programs are aligned with our mission, impactful, and inclusive.
Policies and Procedures: Our commitment to inclusiveness is evident in our organizational policies and procedures, as part of our strategic plan, and within our organizational goals.
Employment: Our staffing at every level of the organization is reflective of the diversity in the communities we serve. Associated recruitment and hiring practices reflect a commitment to the value of inclusion. We foster a workplace that respects each individual, seeks and values diverse perspectives, and ensures each employee can actively contribute to fulfilling the organization’s mission.
Funders and Donors: We share our commitment to inclusion as a core value and practice with current and potential funders and donors and encourage our contributors to consider and embrace these.