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The Governance Gap : Examining Diversity and Equity on Nonprofit Boards of Directors

by Miecha Ranea Forbes; Molly Delano Brennan

Jan 1, 2019

Data from BoardSource's report, Leading with Intent 2017, indicates that 27 percent of nonprofit boards do not include a single person of color, and the nondiverse boards, only 10 percent said diversity was a high priority in board recruitment.Koya's report examines how and why this gap persists, with the aim of giving leaders actionable strategies for increasing board diversity. The report explores:

  • Obstacles to increasing diversity on boards of directors

  • What's working and what's not, from real-world experiences of nonprofit boards

  • Concrete steps board members can take to move toward diversity and inclusion