If your board is not actively engaged in the critical and very often challenging work of championing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at your organization, you’re falling short of your fiduciary oversight role.
We began this series by asking the question, “Who is not in your boardroom?” Recently, we posed the follow-up question, “What are the biggest challenges you face in building a board that reflects the diversity of the communities you service?” In a survey of our nonprofit partners, the following four reasons rose to the top, accounting for the majority of responses: Lack of access to […]
Most boards actively seek people of color in their board recruitment and development efforts. But in their pursuit of racial diversity, some boards take an “any person of color will do” approach to grow their board. It is not enough to know that people hold nuanced identities.
Black people serve on boards. Black people should be considered for nonprofit boards. Black people’s contributions on nonprofit boards should be valued in the same way that contributions from other board members are. Here are three reasons it is important for Black leaders to be in nonprofit boardrooms.
Most organizations have a sense of their unique and pressing needs. But over the past two years, the single most common response among the nonprofits we speak to is: “We want to have a board that better reflects the community we serve.” When pressed for more clarity, this typically boils down to wanting more racial and ethnic diversity on the board.
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Our personal interests and passions are a fuel. When we move them to the forefront, we can engage in a purpose that is unique to each of us. This is what we need and hope for the social good sector and nonprofit leadership. Purpose-driven board leaders have an incredible capacity to transform the board’s ability to accomplish mission. So when […]
As Cause Strategy Partners celebrates 1,000 BoardLead participants elected to nonprofit board positions, Rob Acton, Founder and Principal of Cause Strategy Partners, responds to questions that look back at the firm’s growth, and also looks toward a greater future for the nonprofit sector, galvanized by an injection of motivated leaders. What do you think are a few of the primary […]
I sat in horror on January 6th with my fellow Americans as we watched scenes of violence, insurrection and white supremacy take place at the Capitol. On January 7th I sat in reflection. Public statements were made, emails poured in, and I was left with an overwhelming sense of despair and uncertainty, asking like many Americans, how do we come […]
During the overwhelming and frightening days of April 2020 — exactly a month after the World Health Organization formally declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic — I was asked by one of Cause Strategy Partners‘ Advisory Board Members if I thought interest in nonprofit board service was likely to decrease because of the risk of nonprofits going under.