At BoardSource, we believe that boards can — and must — play a leadership role on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
As the decision-making body at the highest level of organizational leadership, boards play a critical role in creating an organization that prioritizes, supports, and invests in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Whether in the hiring of the executive, the determination of strategy, the allocation of resources, or the goal of serving the community with authenticity, the board’s leadership on diversity, equity, and inclusion matters.
Unfortunately, many boards are not grappling with these issues, which is something that BoardSource believes is informed and exacerbated by the lack of diversity — especially racial diversity — on boards. According to Leading with Intent, only 20 percent of all board members are people of color, and a full 25 percent of nonprofit boards are 100 percent white. BoardSource offers a number of resources and articles designed to stimulate conversation and greater awareness around diversity, equity, and inclusion and will be expanding these efforts in the coming years.