The Nonprofit Sector: Diversification of the Field

pocThis week, Cedric forwarded me a recent CompassPoint article entitled “What about the Next Generation of Leaders of Color? Advancing Multicultural Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector.”  The leadership vacuum in the nonprofit sector with particular emphasis on the lack of future leaders of color has been a hot topic for the last few years. Some statistics cited in the article show that while one third of the U.S. population is people of color, staff within the nonprofit sector is 81% white with the vast majority of nonprofit executive directors being white.  The other major decision-making entity within nonprofit organizations, boards of trustees, are 86% white, and over half of all nonprofit boards are 100% white. This article gives insight into why CompassPoint, a reputable Bay Area nonprofit organization that provides capacity building support to many Bay Area organizations, feels developing future leaders of color is important and relevant.

The Mitchell Kapor Foundation is definitely thinking about ways to deepen the pipeline of nonprofit leaders of color and want to make sure you’re linked to these broader discussions of how to strengthen that pipeline.

Photo from a May 29, 2008 blog by Michael Seltzer.

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  1. And please don’t forget that over 90% of fund development professionals are white. Grantswriters in particular are sometimes forced to make decisions on program development without adequate input from the communities of color they serve. The MultiCultural Alliance of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has been serving the cause of diversity in fundraising for many years. Mentoring and encouraging a diverse base of new grantswriters is an early commitment by the new NorCal Chapter of the American Association of Grant Professionals and we look forward to partnering with others to improve these numbers!

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