30th Anniversary Cor(r)e Values Campaign: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with Tisha Hyter, Vice President
Orr Group’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) has helped us drive change for 30 years.
“I think Orr Group has – just through its ethos – always been an organization focused on DEI. From the organizations we’ve worked with over the past 30 years, to those that we are upholding today,” says Tisha Hyter, Vice President. “I think there is this thread of justice, of caring, of ensuring equitability, that is driven through our organization.”
Tisha brings over a decade of experience in nonprofit fundraising, team leadership, development management and partnership to her role at Orr Group. In addition to helping our clients grow revenue, fulfill their vision, and achieve sustainability, Tisha also drives DEI initiatives for our nonprofit partners and internally among our firm.
At Orr Group, we affirm our similarities and celebrate our differences, ensuring every voice is heard and represented. We strive to always foster an environment of dignity and mutual respect among our teammates and partners, laying the groundwork for genuine, lasting relationships.
Tisha shares Orr Group’s 30-year DEI journey and the importance of cultivating an equitable and inclusive environment this video as she reflects on Orr Group’s Cor(r)e Value: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
What does diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) mean to you?
“Generally, I believe that diversity means that you see someone’s uniqueness. Equity says that I understand that the playing field isn’t even for all, so we need to do something about that. And inclusion means, “You’re welcome here.” And I think in the world of philanthropy, I can’t imagine any other place where DEI would be more important. I mean, when you think about philanthropy and the root of the word, loving your brother, that is really what DEI is all about.”
How does Orr Group foster an equitable and inclusive environment for our people and in our work?
“I think that Orr Group has, just through its ethos, always been an organization focused on DEI. From the companies and organizations that we’ve worked with over the past 30 years, to those that we are upholding today. I think there is this thread of justice, of caring, of ensuring equitability that has just kind of driven through our organization. And when you think about the employees that we have on staff and I look around, all I see is a very diverse environment. So I’m very proud of the work that has been done that makes it seem like an authentic response to the DEI call that is going out now.”
Why is it important that we affirm our similarities while also celebrating our differences?
“Affirming our similarities means that it’s not just recognizing you. It’s saying I see you. It’s saying your voice is heard. Your presence is important. And I think affirming similarities is really, really key, but it’s also about celebrating our differences. That’s saying that I’m not going to ignore that you’re different and that you bring something different to the table. It’s really saying, I believe in your ability to add value no matter what your differences are.”
How does DEI influence your relationships with your teammates and client partners?
“For me, as a black woman, as a woman with a disability and as a woman who is not as young as many of my colleagues, I think that the diversity that I bring allows my voice to be heard, and I feel respected. I feel seen and honored. And as I work with my clients, I am also able to bring that diverse lens in the way that I can help them become better with not only their staff and their boards but how they reach out to their donors.”
Where do you see Orr Group’s DEI initiatives going in the future?
“I really see DEI as an important part of our toolkit. An authentic offering that we can bring to the marketplace to help our clients with their staff, their donors and even their board. I think it’s going to be really, really key in the work that we do in the future. And as I think about bringing it to the marketplace, it’s also important that we protect our internal ecosystem, making sure that we are always sensitive to the DEI issues with our staff. I think that as we look forward, DEI will always be what it’s been in the past. A key part of the ethos of the Orr Group.”