Race to Lead

The nonprofit sector has a racial leadership gap.

Studies have tracked the small percentage of people of color in executive director / CEO roles for years. Efforts to support, train and inspire aspiring leaders of color are important, but they are not enough to move the dial toward more diverse and equitable leadership. On the Race to Lead website, delve deeper into our research and access recommendations to act on these issues.

The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap in the Memphis Area: A Race to Lead Brief

The Building Movement Project has released The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap in the Memphis Area: A Race to Lead Brief. This new brief is part of a series of regional reports based on the survey responses collected from over 5,200 nonprofit staff in 2019. The Memphis area brief offers findings […]

The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap in the Milwaukee Area: A Race to Lead Brief

This report offers findings from the subset of 2019 survey respondents who work in the Milwaukee area. It builds upon the findings of the main report and explores how decades of discriminatory housing policies and economic hardship in the Milwaukee metropolitan area have resulted in one of the largest racial wealth gaps in the country.

The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap in Central Texas: A Race to Lead Brief

This report offers findings from the subset of 2019 survey respondents who work in the Central Texas area. It builds upon the findings of the main report and explores how leadership networks in the Austin metropolitan area impact career and funding prospects, as well as the effectiveness of nonprofit efforts to address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Race to Lead Revisited: Obstacles and Opportunities in Addressing the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap

This report presents findings from BMP’s 2019 survey of more than 5,000 nonprofit staff on their experiences of race and leadership in nonprofit settings. The survey included many of the same questions asked in the 2016 survey, which informed the original Race to Lead report, and new questions exploring the […]

Nonprofit Executives and the Racial Leadership Gap: A Race to Lead Brief

This report explores gaps between executive leaders of color and white leaders and compares nonprofit executives to staff respondents. While nonprofit executives have difficult jobs regardless of race, challenges and burdens are often compounded by race and other features of identity.

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