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Leadership

Here you’ll find information on the barriers facing leaders of color, and recommendations for how we can work together – across age, race and other identities – to define the future of nonprofit leadership.

Data: What is it Good For? Learning (with you) from Race to Lead

The Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race Survey – the basis for the Race to Lead reports – was developed to learn more about why so few people of color head nonprofit organizations. The findings were clear and powerful. The assumption that the problem was located in people of color... more

The Trumpification of the Gen Z Workforce

Generation Z, considered the most diverse generation and the last to be majority white, is already beginning to transform the American workforce. Pew Research defines Generation Z as individuals born after 1996 who have never experienced lack of access to technology. For the nonprofit sector, this generation is an opportunity... more

The Power of “Duh”

Nearly a year ago, I started traveling around the country to present to a variety of groups on the findings from BMP’s survey on nonprofits, leadership and race. I quickly noticed two contrasting responses to our data showing that the nonprofit racial leadership gap was not a result... more

Confronting Our Complicity in Racial Inequity

If Monday’s plenary inspired us to dream about GEO’s 2038 vision, the discussion during Tuesday’s lunch snapped us back to the fierce urgency of now. When John Funabiki – a Professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University and Executive Director of Renaissance Journalism... more

BMP Returns to the Boston Foundation to Present MA Race to Lead Report

On April 2nd, Building Movement Project (BMP) co-directors Sean Thomas-Breitfeld and Frances Kunreuther presented the most recent installment of the Race to Lead report series at The Boston Foundation, returning to the community foundation that hosted their first Race to Lead forum almost a year ago. While BMP’s... more

The Golden State Difference

Following its groundbreaking national report on why America’s nonprofit sector has so few leaders of color, the Building Movement Project (BMP) released California’s Race to Lead; The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap in the Golden State, a report examining the diversity of nonprofit leadership in the Golden... more

Millennials and the State of Race in America

Interest, scholarship, and opinion pieces focused on the Millennial generation have increased in recent years, as Millennials have finally overtaken Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living population, according to Census Bureau population estimates. Just last week, the New Yorker ran an article entitled “Where Millennials... more

New Survey of Boards Backs Up Race to Lead Findings

Earlier this week, BoardSource released Leading with Intent: 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices. BoardSource provides nonprofit leaders with tools, resources, and research to increase board effectiveness and strengthen organizational impact. Leading with Intent 2017 is the ninth in their series of reports focusing on nonprofit board composition, practices, performance, and... more

Second Report in Race to Lead Series Launches 7/11!

On Tuesday, July 11th, the Building Movement Project launched a new report, Working at the Intersections: LGBTQ Nonprofit Staff and the Racial Leadership Gap, and media platforms from across the nonprofit sector took notice. The Race to Lead website was also updated with a special section featuring key findings from... more

New Report Cites Racial Discrimination As Primary Barrier for LGBTQ People

Today, the Building Movement Project released a new report, Working at the Intersections: LGBTQ Nonprofit Staff and the Racial Leadership Gap, analyzing the experiences of people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer (LGBTQ) working in the nonprofit sector. The report builds on data from BMP’s... more

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