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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Nonprofit Boardroom​

A Nonprofit Board Development Toolkit

Through our BoardLead program, Cause Strategy Partners hears directly from thousands of board chairs, board members, and executive directors of nonprofits across the nation. In these conversations, we encounter a common challenge facing nonprofit boards today: successfully integrating diversity, equity and inclusion into the board’s operations, development strategy, and recruitment practices. In our four-part guide, we’ve outlined a set of tools, frameworks, and ideas to help your board advance your own strategy for practicing DEI, leading to stronger recruitment and retention outcomes for your entire board.

Part 1: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Nonprofit Boardroom

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) play important roles in the nonprofit boardroom. In this resource, we explore these topics, their importance, and how they apply to nonprofit boards.

Part 2: Assessing your Board’s DEI Gaps & Opportunities

An honest and thorough self-assessment of your board is the first step in centering diversity, equity, and inclusion within the nonprofit boardroom. This resource focuses on how understanding identity can lay the groundwork for appropriately responding to your board’s composition gaps, thereby better serving your community.

Part 3: Practicing Equitable Board Recruitment

DEI practices are critical to ensuring your Board of Directors is thoughtfully engaging the community that your nonprofit serves. This resource details what transformational and equitable board recruitment can look like.

Part 4: Retention Practices for an Equitable Boardroom

Ensuring your board members are provided with opportunities to contribute and thrive in ways that work for their needs, preferences, and perspectives in service to your organization is key to board retention. This resource details what board retention through equitable practices can look like.

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