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a Catalyst for Social Change

Applegate Consulting Group is an organization development (OD) practice that assists national and international nonprofit organizations, government agencies and socially responsible for-profit corporations with developing human and organizational capacity and building a more just and equitable society.


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Beth Applegate contributed to a recently published book
on cultural competency

Author: Patricia St Onge
Beth Applegate, Vicki Asakura, Monika K. Moss, Brigette Rouson, Alfredo Vergara-Lobo

Publication Date:
July 15, 2009
 ISBN: 978-0-940069-68-8
Publisher: Fieldstone Alliance
Pages: 272
Price: $29.95

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There is no such thing as a “how-to” manual on cultural competency. It’s an ongoing journey organizations choose to take because they know the end-result is a more inclusive, connected, and effective organization. This forthcoming book by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management collects the voices of many nonprofit leaders and capacity builders to help nonprofit organizations begin to understand the complexity within diverse communities.

Through a range of methods—literature review, personal interviews, peer dialogue, insights of contributing authors—readers get a mosaic of perspectives that surround cultural competency. Plus, the book presents the insights of authors who represent five major ethnic communities in the United States: Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian, African American, White, and Latino. [Read Press Release]


Congregation Beth Simchat Torah 

Spring 2007

Beth Applegate has been selected to provide ongoing coaching services to Beth Simchat Torah's Executive Director. CBST is New York’s gay synagogue, dedicated to the proposition that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews are wholly legitimate members of the Jewish People, are equally legitimate members of civil society and have a unique and essential contribution to make the life of Judaism and to the larger society in which they live.


Applegate Publishes article 

Winter 2006

- In the nation’s capitol, Beth Applegate, a contributing writer for the Alliance’s Cultural Competency Initiative, reached out to New Orleans evacuees housed in Washington, D.C. “I believe the personal is political,” Beth said, “and I continually look for opportunities to actualize my core values through my professional and personal commitment to antiracism work. Organizing to help support Gulf Coast evacuees in their transition was an obvious choice to make.” Beth tapped friends, colleagues, community and religious groups to provide direct support. She learned important lessons along the way. “I was mindful of the stories about people who tried to help, but missed the point. A quote shared by a friend guided all of my efforts: ‘Help is help when it is asked for, when it is given the way it’s needed, when it is given with humility and received with dignity.’” As a result of Katrina, Applegate participated in a six-week study circle focused on the effects of race and ethnicity in the Silver Spring, Maryland community. In addition, Beth has completed Study Circle Facilitator Training offered by the Montgomery County, Maryland public schools system. She currently is working with IMPACT Silver Spring and the Diversity Management Institute at Montgomery College, designing a cross-race dialogue to be offered this year.

-Brigette Rouson, “Addressing Race and Poverty in the Hurricane Aftermath.” Enhance, Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2006.


William Penn Foundation

Fall 2006

Beth Applegate has been selected to be the lead consultant on an intensive organization development initiative sponsored by the William Penn Foundation and the Institute for Conservation Leadership (ICL). The Foundation and Institute issued a call for proposals to Northeast nonprofit environmental and conservations organizations that are: poised for major growth beginning a significant change process and/or committed to taking their work to a new level of effectiveness. Following a competitive interview and selection process the Pennsylvania Committee of the Highlands Coalition was selected. Applegate Consulting Group will launch the organization development initiative with the Coalition in the fall.


Applegate Publishes Paper 

Fall 2006

Beth Applegate is one of five contributors selected by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management to develop a framing paper on building cultural group solidarity in the context of developing multi-racial societies through capacity building in the nonprofit sector. The Alliance’s Cultural Competency Initiative aims to transform the nonprofit capacity building field, catalyze nonprofit leadership and thereby spark larger social change. Advancing the knowledge, incentive and practice of cultural competency is a critical path to effectively guiding social and financial capital of nonprofits.

The purpose of the framing paper is to provide definitions and examples of culturally based capacity building with individuals, organizations and communities. The paper seeks to demonstrate the interconnection between the broader context of justice oriented social change and the intimacy created by effective capacity building.

To learn more about the Alliance for nonprofit Management's Cultural Competency Initiative visit:


Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Orientation Program

Fall 2006

The PMF was established to attract the Federal service of outstanding men and women form a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. By drawing graduate students from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, the PMF Program provides a continuing source of trained men and women to meet the future challenges of the public sector.