Race to Lead

The nonprofit sector has a racial leadership gap.

Studies have tracked the small percentage of people of color in executive director / CEO roles for years. Efforts to support, train and inspire aspiring leaders of color are important, but they are not enough to move the dial toward more diverse and equitable leadership. On the Race to Lead website, delve deeper into our research and access recommendations to act on these issues.

Race to Lead: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector

By examining the impact of race and gender on survey respondents, this report adds important nuances to conclusions drawn from other reports in the Race to Lead series.

Nonprofit Executives and the Racial Leadership Gap: A Race to Lead Brief

This report explores gaps between executive leaders of color and white leaders and compares nonprofit executives to staff respondents. While nonprofit executives have difficult jobs regardless of race, challenges and burdens are often compounded by race and other features of identity.

California’s Race to Lead: The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap in the Golden State

This report compares responses from nonprofit staff in California with nonprofit staffers in all other states. The report includes five recommendations to increase and sustain diverse leadership of California’s nonprofits.

Working at the Intersections: LGBTQ Nonprofit Staff and the Racial Leadership Gap

This report builds on data from Building Movement Project’s Race to Lead survey, conducted with more than 4,000 respondents across the nonprofit sector. This report, the second in the Race to Lead series, analyzes experiences of respondents who identified as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer (LGBTQ).

Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap

This report, based on the 2016 Race to Lead survey, compares people of color and white respondents’ backgrounds, leadership aspirations, training and attitudes toward leadership. The survey findings challenge the nonprofit sector’s approach to the racial leadership gap.

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