Trading Glass Ceilings

for Glass Cliffs:

A Race to Lead Report on Nonprofit Executives of Color

This report focuses on the experiences and challenges of nonprofit leaders of color who have attained the top position in their organizations. It builds upon the findings of the 2019 Race to Lead Revisited report, as well as a previous report on nonprofit executives from the 2016 Race to Lead survey data. It demonstrates how ascending to an executive position does not end a leader’s struggles with racism, but sometimes increases those challenges.

Key Findings

Featured Data

Executive leaders of color who succeeded white leaders

were less likely to report a sense of trust and communication between them and their boards.

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Kunreuther, Frances and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld (2022). Trading Glass Ceilings for Glass Cliffs: A Race to Lead Report on Nonprofit Executives of Color.

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