New Report Cites Racial Discrimination As Primary Barrier for LGBTQ People

Systemic racial bias, compounded by anti-LGBTQ bias, prevents qualified LGBTQ staff of color from ascending to leadership positions in the nonprofit sector Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld Today, the Building Movement Project released a new report, Working at the Intersections: LGBTQ Nonprofit Staff and the Racial Leadership Gap, analyzing the experiences of people who identify as Lesbian, […]

Race to Lead Launches Successfully

On Tuesday, June 6th, the Building Movement Project launched a new report, Race to Lead; Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap, and a corresponding website, racetolead.org. We’re pleased to see that the sector is taking notice. See below for links to prominent coverage of the launch, the report, and key findings: Chronicle of Philanthropy Nonprofit Quarterly New […]

New Report and Website Highlight Lessons from Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race Survey

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld The Building Movement Project launched a new report — Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap— and website – www.racetolead.org –  based on data from more than 4,000 survey respondents. The report provides both evidence of the structural barriers that perpetuate the racial leadership gap and recommendations for the nonprofit sector to address […]

Embracing a Diverse Sector by Pushing Past Diversity

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld This blog post  was written for Independent Sector‘s blog for their New Frontiers Conference to be held in Washington, DC from Nov 16-18. To read the full post, click here.  Over the past few years, racism has been a major topic in the news and on social media. But are nonprofits connecting the discussion about […]

The #BMPRaceSurvey Closes with Over 4,000 Responses

Written by Noelia Mann We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Nonprofits, Leadership and Race Survey has officially surpassed its goal of 4,000 responses! When we launched the survey on March 1st, we set a goal of 2,000 responses, but we received such wonderful support from our partners and colleagues in the field, that we […]

Why Race and Leadership?

Written by Frances Kunreuther We have been overwhelmed by the positive response to the Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race survey. Over 2,500 surveys have been completed, representing all 50 states except Wyoming and North Dakota (we’re working on it!).  We hope you will fill out the survey and keep sharing the link – bit.ly/BMPRaceSurvey –  with your nonprofit friends/networks. The idea […]

What Race is Your Organization?

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld Race is often a hard thing to talk about, especially in increasingly multicultural nonprofit organizations where there may not be an obvious numeric majority; and it can be especially difficult to figure out what interventions to make. So I was lucky to have a conversation recently with three other nonprofit directors […]

Feeling Triggered Over “Diversity”

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld A recent article in the Harvard Business Review by a trio of social psychologists raised fresh doubts about whether corporate diversity initiatives really work. To be sure, this isn’t a new concern. Various advocates for civil rights and greater workplace diversity have critiqued many diversity programs as really just “window dressing.” Moreover, legal […]

Coming Home Again

Written by Tina Law Growing up, I was part of a number of youth programs designed to help me and other kids of color in our predominantly low-income neighborhood to strive for academic, career, and other life opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. While these programs were certainly successful in connecting me to […]

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