Nonprofit Boards Still Not Diverse, Report Finds

Nonprofit boards are no more diverse than they were two years ago and do not seem to be prioritizing diversity in their recruitment practices, a report from BoardSource finds.

Based on a survey of nearly eighteen hundred foundation and public charity CEOs and board chairs, the report, Leading With Intent: 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices (64 pages, PDF), found that 90 percent of CEOs and board chairs and 84 percent of board members were white, compared with 89 percent, 90 percent, and 80 percent in the 2015 survey, while 27 percent of the boards in the survey were entirely white, up from 25 percent in 2015. The figures have improved little since BoardSource’s first survey on the issue in 1994, and while 65 percent of CEOs and 41 percent of board chairs expressed dissatisfaction with the racial/ethnic diversity of their current boards, only 24 percent (CEOs) and 25 percent (board chairs) said demographics were a high priority in board recruitment.

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