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.

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

Race to Lead Revisited: Obstacles and Opportunities in Addressing the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap presents findings from BMP’s 2019 survey of more than 5,000 paid nonprofit staff on their experiences of race and leadership in nonprofit settings. The report focuses on three key findings that challenge individual organizations and the […]

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.

Race to Lead: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector

By examining the impact of race and gender on survey respondents, this report adds important nuances to conclusions drawn from other reports in the Race to Lead series.

California’s Race to Lead: The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap in the Golden State

This report compares responses from nonprofit staff in California with nonprofit staffers in all other states. The report includes five recommendations to increase and sustain diverse leadership of California’s nonprofits.

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