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Leadership

Here you’ll find information on the barriers facing leaders of color, and recommendations for how we can work together – across age, race and other identities – to define the future of nonprofit leadership.

Take the 2019 Race to Lead Survey Today

In 2016, the Building Movement Project conducted a national survey on race and leadership in nonprofits. The data from that survey led to the development of the popular Race to Lead report series. This summer, the Race to Lead survey is back! By participating, survey respondents will contribute to one of... more

Building Movement Project Releases Report on CEOs in Nonprofits

For Immediate Release: May 28, 2019 For the nonprofit sector to achieve more diverse leadership, it must not only commit to increasing the number of leaders of color, but also to more effectively supporting those who reach executive roles. (New York, NY) – The Building Movement Project (BMP) today released a... more

Webinar Re-Cap: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector

Last week, the Building Movement Project (BMP) hosted a 60-minute webinar featuring a presentation of our latest report-- Race to Lead: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector. This report takes an intersectional approach to analyzing BMP's data of over 4,000 staff in the nonprofit sector. The study reveals... more

Stories Behind the Data: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector

At Building Movement Project, we believe that the qualitative data we gather about individuals’ personal experiences, whether they reinforce or challenge our findings, are just as valuable as the quantitative data we compile. For this reason, our free, upcoming webinar exploring the findings of Race to Lead; Women of... more

WEBINAR—Race to Lead: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector

Join us on April 18th at 2pm EST for a FREE webinar on our latest report - Race to Lead: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector. This report takes an intersectional approach to analyze BMP's data from over 4,000 staff in the nonprofit sector. The study reveals the... more

Women of Color and Leadership - Intersectional Tides Lift All Boats

As a man of color who has spent much of my career working in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations at the national level, addressing sexism within communities of color is not just about equity but effectiveness.  I have served under several female leaders in AAPI nonprofits and... more

Building Movement Project Releases Report on Race and Gender in Nonprofits

For Immediate Release: Feb 5, 2019 Report finds that racial and gender biases, not lack of experience or talent, blocks advancement for women of color (New York, NY) – The Building Movement Project (BMP) today released a new report, Race to Lead: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector, which examines... more

Data: What is it Good For? Learning (with you) from Race to Lead

The Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race Survey – the basis for the Race to Lead reports – was developed to learn more about why so few people of color head nonprofit organizations. The findings were clear and powerful. The assumption that the problem was located in people of color... more

The Trumpification of the Gen Z Workforce

Generation Z, considered the most diverse generation and the last to be majority white, is already beginning to transform the American workforce. Pew Research defines Generation Z as individuals born after 1996 who have never experienced lack of access to technology. For the nonprofit sector, this generation is an opportunity... more

The Power of “Duh”

Nearly a year ago, I started traveling around the country to present to a variety of groups on the findings from BMP’s survey on nonprofits, leadership and race. I quickly noticed two contrasting responses to our data showing that the nonprofit racial leadership gap was not a result... more

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