Race to Lead; Confronting the Racial Leadership Gap

Publication date: 
June, 2017

Race to Lead; Confronting the Racial Leadership Gap

The Building Movement Project has just released Race to Lead; Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap. This new report, the first in the Race to Lead series, is based on our survey of over 4,000 nonprofit professionals. The report explores why people of color are still under-represented in nonprofit CEO/Executive Director positions.

Here’s a quick look at the findings:

  • It’s NOT about Differences in Background or Qualifications:  People of color and white respondents have similar backgrounds in education, position, salary, and years working in the nonprofit sector .
  • It’s NOT about a Lack of Aspirations:  People of color aspire to be leaders more than white respondents.
  • It IS the System:  Respondents across race squarely identify the lack of people of color in top leadership roles as a structural problem for the nonprofit sector.
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