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.

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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.

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