The older a nonprofit organization is, and the greater its budget, the less diverse its board is likely to be, a new BoardSource report finds. This may be a product of ingrained, if unconscious, bias. Changing these numbers clearly requires a multi-faceted approach.
“Every executive and board leader will leave some day. Every person who adds value will, as well.” This article looks at how to manage leadership change in a way that is forward-looking, not reactionary, and which employs the opportunities that transitions brings to improve outcomes and better achieve the organization’s mission.
As NPQ has widely covered, stated nonprofit support for diversity is often not reflected in their leadership. Former nonprofit CEO Kenneth Taylor highlights some of the challenges while identifying a few action steps that nonprofits pursuing board and leadership diversity can take.
Recent research indicates that there has been little to no progress towards the goal of remaking nonprofit boards to be more racially inclusive—and more inclusive in general—so NPQ and BoardSource will be launching a project this year that needs your participation.
This most recent webinar in our series on nonprofit boards gets serious about practical strategies nonprofits can take to create more diverse and inclusive boards. This is not a theory but a practice session.
Anne Wallestad, the CEO of BoardSource, gave a barnburner of a talk at the organization’s recent conference. In it, she emphasized the need for a values base in our boards and a willingness to stand up and advocate even when it might be seen as out of the ordinary. After all, that’s what leadership in the social sector requires.
Vu Le revisits the problem of the lack of diversity on nonprofit boards with some suggestions about how to think about and address the problem. He also provides a few vivid metaphors for the non-diverse board that might help motivate you to move things along, if necessary, on your own board. Think of your board as a 200-lb. seitan pig.
Let’s start a discussion on board design with the nagging threshold question of board size. BoardSource’s 2017 “Leading with Intent” study tells us boards are getting smaller; is this a good or a bad trend?
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