Race to Lead Survey Key Findings


This brief highlights key findings that the Building Movement Project has tracked since the first Race to Lead survey. BMP surveyed nonprofit workers about their views and experiences related to race and leadership in 2016, 2019, and 2022. These three surveys provide the opportunity to observe both changes in the nonprofit sector and what has remained consistent over the years.

Key Findings

Featured Data

BIPOC respondents felt more positively about their organizations if they worked at a nonprofit with more BIPOC representation in leadership.

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Constantine, Tessa, Frances Kunreuther and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld (2024). Race to Lead Survey Key Findings: 2016-2019-2022.