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

California's Race to Lead: The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap in the Golden State is now live at www.racetolead.org/ca!

The report builds on data from BMP’s Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race Survey, conducted with more than 4,000 respondents across the nonprofit sector. This new report, the third in the Race to Lead series, analyzes the experiences of the 800+ survey respondents who identified as California residents.

Some key findings include:

  • Nonprofit leaders of color in the Golden State reported fewer barriers to advancement than people of color in other states and less frustration caused by the lack of role models.
  • White respondents in California were more likely than those in other states to agree that aspiring leaders of color faced structural barriers, indicating that California white respondents were more aware of obstacles than whites in other states.
  • 30 percent of Californians of color responding to the survey reported that their race had a negative impact on their career advancement.

This Executive Summary gives a sampling of the data we collected, major findings, and our resulting recommendations. For a deeper analysis, visit http://racetolead.org/ca and download the full report.

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