FROM THE ARCHIVES:
As many readers may know, NPQ and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network earlier this month issued a call for papers from young people active in civil society on their thoughts about equity, diversity and inclusion. That call has now closed and we have been overwhelmed by the response, receiving more than 130 submissions. That response sparked our interest in running this classic article again. Over the years, I have found this strain of inquiry very instructive in thinking about why patterns of exclusion in nonprofits that see themselves as liberal or progressive persist.
ByMel Gill (Synergy Management and Consulting Associates) |
Based on in-depth case study research, Gill reports most boards mix and match quite successfully in their approach to governance and that clarifying roles is much more important that the actual structure itself.
Last winter in our Nonprofit Workplace issue we promised that we would return to the largely overlooked topic of race in nonprofits. Impelled by our board of practitioner-advisors, who said, “we need this approached differently. This issue is about how power is held,” we have placed race in the larger context of democracy. During the development of this issue, we ran across a troubling situation. When we queried nonprofit listservs to find stories about organizations that have “1) linked their effectiveness with the need to address issues of power-sharing and inclusiveness, and 2) as a result have undergone a process that has changed the base of power—assumptions, interactions, and decision-making regarding race and power dynamics,” we received nothing.