Diversity Among Nonprofit Leaders Still a Long Way Off, Report Says

Nonprofit leadership remains predominantly white and isn’t likely to grow more diverse anytime soon, according to a new report.

Whites fill 90 percent of board seats and CEO positions, according to BoardSource, a research and support organization for nonprofit boards. More than a quarter of boards are all-white.

Those numbers have varied little since the organization began surveying board chairs and top nonprofit executives in 1994. And BoardSource concludes they aren’t likely to change, because recruitment, at least at the board level, typically doesn’t focus on diversity. Only about a quarter of board chairs and chief executives rate demographic diversity as a high priority in recruiting.

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