Race to Lead:

Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap

To increase the number of people of color leading nonprofits, the sector needs a new narrative about the problem and new strategies to address it. Nonprofits have to transfer the responsibility for the racial leadership gap from those who are targeted by it (aspiring leaders of color), to those governing organizations.

Key Findings

Featured Data

82% of survey respondents agree

that the low percentage of nonprofit leaders of color in top organizational roles is a problem for the nonprofit sector.

Recent News

Fewer People Want to Lead Nonprofits. What’s the Answer?
The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Building Movement Project’s Co-Executive Directors explore our latest report in the Race to Lead series which finds that aspiring leaders, especially those of color, aren’t being pulled into leadership through...

With Crisis Comes Change: Black Women and the Glass Cliff
The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

First published in the 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2024 report, this article features Building Movement Project’s Race to Lead research and uncovers some of the challenges and opportunities of...

What It Looks Like to Build a Pro-Black Organization
Nonprofit Quarterly

Amilcar Cabral, Pan African leader of the Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde national independence struggle, wrote and spoke extensively about the need to fight for tangible, material changes for our...

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Citations

Kunreuther, Frances and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld (2017). Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap.