Our region is becoming increasingly diverse, and the people who need support and services from non-profit organizations are increasingly diverse, too. Is your leadership changing to keep up?
On November 11 and 18, we collaborate with Richmond’s Nonprofit Learning Point for a workshop on this very topic. Do your board and committee leaders look like the people you serve and do their decisions reflect a diversity of perspectives, experiences and worldviews?
According to Blue Avocado, a clearinghouse of resources for non-profits, a 2009 report showed while California’s population is comprised of 57% of people of color, just 28% of nonprofit board members reflect that demographic reality.
Additionally, it’s beneficial for boards to think about inclusion in other areas.
For example, while many nonprofit boards focus significantly on fundraising and development, an organization that serves impoverished communities will benefit with board and committee members from a spectrum of income levels. Organizations will also benefit from including those that may have received services in the past.
Nonprofit Quarterly says while funders and others often seem to be advocating for more representative diversity on boards, this has not yet created a shift. With the exception of women, diverse voices are still not reflected on many nonprofit boards.
How have you successfully created diversity within your organizations board or committees?