Join EPIP Bay Area for a drink (on us!) and discussion at on the nonprofit racial leadership gap, framed by Building Movement Project's recently published report, Race to Lead, and D5 Coalition's study on career pathways of professionals of color in philanthropy.
The percentage of people of color in nonprofit executive director roles has remained under 20% for the past decade. 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.
Although we encourage you to read the full reports (and share them with your colleagues!), please read the Executive Summaries before this meetup. This will not be a space to debate the value of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the social sector, but rather a space for small group discussion and peer learning.
- Discussion Questions
- What resonated with you? What did you learn? How has DEI been addressed in your organization (hiring, policies, culture, etc.)?
What is the prevalence of advancement and specific career pathways within and across foundations among professionals of color, and how do they differ from their white counterparts?
How do the desires, expectations, perceived barriers, and contributors to advancement differ between philanthropic professionals of color differ from their white counterparts?
Are certain types of foundations more likely than others to support and cultivate internal advancement of staff overall, or people of color in particular?
What is the perceived impact of other dimensions of diversity (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, differential ability) on advancement among professionals of color?
What are the most effective ways for foundations to expand their networks to recruit, attract, and retain more professionals of color?
What actions can white colleagues and mentors take within their individual foundations to support the advancement of professionals of color in philanthropy?
- Resources and Further Reading
ProInspire's Equity in the Center Initiative
D5 Coalition's Directory of Philanthropic Leadership Development Programs
CompassPoint Next Generation Leaders of Color Program
Unite4Equity CHANGE Philanthropy Campaign
Grantcraft's Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE)
Our quarterly Article Clubs are loosely facilitated happy hours where attendees can network and discuss articles that focus on a current—and ideally, controversial—trend or hot topic in philanthropy. Have suggestions for future topics/articles? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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