ERG Operations

This section contains resources to support those running ERGs. You’ll find information about:


Finding and Maintaining Budget

5 Step Guide to Budget Development – Resources for Nonprofit Financial Management
Video | Wallace Foundation | March 9, 2015
Describes a team-based approach to budget development, including goals, personnel, and process.  

Budgeting for Nonprofits
Webpage | National Council of Nonprofits
Addresses engaging board and staff throughout financial management, including timely review of financial reports and advancing planning. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Budget Proposal
Google Doc | Unidos Lyft | 2018
Sample proposal for a month for an ERG event at Unidos Lyft. 

Project Budget Management: How to Keep Your Clients Happy
Webpage | Shopify Partners | April 16, 2019
Offers insight on tracking a budget throughout a project’s process. 

Uplyft Unidos Affinity Month Planning & Budget Sheet
Google Sheet | Annelise Hagar Preciado
Provides an example of a budget template.

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Gaining and Maximizing Executive Sponsorship

Coaches, Mentors, and Sponsors Catalyst Infographic: Understanding the Differences
Document | Catalyst 
Explains the difference between coaches, mentors, and sponsors.  

Executive Sponsors Fuel High-Performing ERGs
Webinar | Forum on Workplace Inclusion | September 21, 2018
Addresses how leadership can help leverage the executive sponsor role as a powerful catalyst to accelerate ERG maturation and business alignment. 

How to be a Dynamic Sponsor
Video | Diversity Inc. | April 27, 2019
Addresses how to be a dynamic sponsor. 

How to Earn Sponsorship and Drive the Relationship
Webinar | Diversity, Inc | January 27, 2019
Addresses the importance of a sponsor and gives advice on how to earn sponsorship and build a successful relationship.

The Podcast Episode 10: Stand Up, Speak Out: Empowering CEO and Corporate Activism 
Podcast | The Forum on Workplace Inclusion | March 16, 2019
Addresses CEO and corporate activism and the tough questions that corporate activism raises.  

The Powerful Link Between the C-Suite and ERGs
Webpage | D&I in Practice | February 8, 2019
Outlines how C-Suite and ERGs can work together. 

Responsibility of the Sponsor
Video | Diversity Inc. | April 27, 2019
Addresses what makes sponsees attractive to sponsors. 

The Sponsor Dividend
Document | Center for Talent Innovation | 2019
Learn about a study showing how employers can help sponsorship flourish, and more.

Sponsorship…Making A Game-Changing Move – Part 1 of 2
Webpage | Diversity and Inclusion Television | January 5, 2016
Explains sponsorship and people of color and engaging colleagues to sponsor individuals who are different from them. 

Sponsorship…Making A Game-Changing Move – Part 2 of 2
Webpage | Diversity and Inclusion Television | February 9, 2016
Explains how to put your mindset in motion and create a sponsor action plan. 

Three Things Every Good D&I Executive Sponsor Must Do
Webpage | Crescendo | February 28, 2019
Offers guidance for those asked to serve as an executive sponsor. 

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Increasing Employee and Member Engagement

7 Key Insights from the 4C ERG Assessment Database
Webpage | Diversity Best Practices | October 16, 2018 
An excerpt from Diversity Best Practices’ publication, the ERG Leadership Handbook.

Frientorship: The Solution To The Employee Engagement Problem | Claudia Williams | TEDxPSU
Video | TEDx Talks | Mar 20, 2017
Addresses how to increase employee engagement through friendship, mentorship and leadership.

How ERGs Increase Engagement
Webpage |  DiversityInc | February 8, 2011
Discussions of more than 150 chief diversity officers and senior executives about  ERG engagement.

Proven Methods to Increase Employee Engagement in the Workplace
Webpage | 6Q 
Includes methods to help increase your engagement in the workplace.

What You Can Learn from Your Employee Networks
Webpage | Strategy + Business | January 22, 2019 
Addresses the importance of ERGs and gain a model for how to measure them.

Watch the Employee Engagement Summit on-demand
Video | Microsoft | March 20, 2018
Six leaders of different companies share best practices, business outcomes and more.

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ERGs & Crisis Management

Building a Solid Base for Communication in Crisis Infographic
Deck | Astrum
Lists dos & dont’s of a crisis communication plan.

Communicating with Employees During a Crisis
Webpage | Society for Human Resource Management | October 25, 2016
Cisco’s experiences communicating during a crisis.

Crisis Action Planning for Diversity Practitioners
Deck | D&I Creative Solutions | Mar 31, 2017 
Addresses the importance of crisis planning and gain strategies for executing.

Why Diversity and Inclusion is Important in Emergency Management
Video | Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC | Jul 22, 2019
Janine Taylor shares how D&I inclusive leaders improve capability.

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ERG Self-Assessment

The 4 C’s of ERG
Webpage | Talent Management | February 24, 2012
Explains the 4C model to create value while claiming credit for contribution to organizational effectiveness.

The Catalyst Guide to Employee Resource Groups
Webpage | Catalyst | 2009 – 2015
Six tools providing HR practitioners and ERG leaders with information for getting an ERG up and running.

How to Make Your Employee Resource Group More Successful
Webpage | Pivot Point | January 2, 2018
Strategies to leverage at your company to increase your ERGs’ success.

Optimizing Employee Resource Groups
Webpage | Health Inclusion | June 6, 2018
Explains Charlotte Hughes’ method for optimizing ERGs.

What You Can Learn from Your Employee Networks
Webpage | Strategy + Business | January 22, 2019
Addresses the importance of ERGs and highlights a model for how to measure them.

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