Letter to the Editor: In Defense of Board Diversity

To the Editor:

The July 11 Chronicle of Philanthropy Opinion piece “GuideStar ‘Hate Group’ Controversy Should Put Spotlight on Charity Watchdogs” took a twist we didn’t see coming. In the midst of cautionary tales for those who seek to help donors evaluate charities, the authors took issue with the idea that board diversity matters when evaluating a nonprofit’s leadership.

More specifically, they argued that the question BoardSource developed for GuideStar asking boards to indicate whether they have “an inclusive board-member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership” was inappropriate.

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Anne Wallestad and Vernetta Walker, The Chronicle of Philanthropy