Sector Insights

The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap - Where We Are and How We Can Change

Partner: $100.00 / General: $125.00

Join us for a thought-provoking session with Building Movement Project Co-Director, Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, as he leads us through the Race to Lead findings, which challenge the way the nonprofit sector has been approaching the racial leadership gap. 

The Building Movement Project has surveyed more than 4,000 respondents nationwide about their current nonprofit job, interest in leading a nonprofit, training/supports, views of leadership, and personal background.

The findings from the survey, found in the report, Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap, challenge the way the nonprofit sector has been approaching the racial leadership gap. They show more similarities than differences in the background and preparation between white respondents and people of color, and point to the need to transfer the responsibility for the racial leadership gap from those who are targeted by it (aspiring leaders of color), to those setting the norms and standards for nonprofit organizations and the sector.

Studies show that nonprofit board diversity is declining and that people of color in the executive director/ CEO role has remained under 20% for the last 15 years, even as the country becomes more diverse. We know that in order to change this trajectory, we need to better understand the environment that currently exists.  Join us to learn how nonprofit leaders can embrace changes that will align their organizations with the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Note: this is not a diversity training, but a deep dive into the research on the racial leadership gap and how we can act to make real change.

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Special thanks to the Mat-Su Health Foundation and Rasmuson Foundation for thier support in bringing Sean to Alaska!


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