Nonprofit Executives and the

Racial Leadership Gap:

A Race to Lead Brief

This brief shifts focus to those who have already reached positions as nonprofit EDs and CEOs to explore how nonprofit executives grapple with the real-world demands of leadership when they attain it. The survey data and insights shared through interviews and focus groups highlight key areas where the pressures of executive leadership seem to be increased for people of color. Despite these challenges, nonprofit EDs and CEOs demonstrate remarkable determination and resilience.

Key Findings

Featured Data

EDs/CEOs of color were more likely to experience common leadership frustrations

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Kunreuther, Frances and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld (2019). Executives Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap: A Race to Lead Brief.