The Building Movement Project (BMP) conducted the first Race to Lead survey in 2016. Over 4,300 respondents answered questions about their current nonprofit job, interest in leading a nonprofit, training/supports, and views on race and the nonprofit sector. The “Race to Lead” report series explores the results of this survey and challenges the way the nonprofit sector has been approaching the racial leadership gap.
The 2016 Race to Lead survey was designed after reviewing the literature on race and leadership in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, and conducting three dozen interviews with nonprofit leaders, capacity builders, and funders on the barriers people of color faced in becoming leaders. The link to the online survey was distributed throughout the U.S. by the Building Movement Project and 15 partner organizations, mostly national networks with reach to diverse nonprofit staff. These distribution partners – along with roughly 100 nonprofit “influencers”– publicized the survey link through newsletters and emails, and social media. More than one-third (37%) of respondents got the survey link from a distribution partner, and almost half reported receiving the survey through social media (24%) or a colleague/friend (18%). After three months in the field, the sample was closed with a total of 4,385 respondents.