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Recruiting for Board Diversity — Without Disrespecting People of Color

Posted by Jim Taylor on Aug 31, 2020 2:22:19 PM

As a Black man who has worked with or for nonprofits for most of my career, I’ve become very familiar with how nonprofit boards recruit for board diversity; by my count, I have been actively recruited by the boards of 13 organizations. 

I can divide 11 of these 13 board recruitment experiences...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

The Value of Lived Experience

Posted by Jim Taylor on Aug 4, 2020 10:54:47 AM

A couple of years ago, I attended a national conference of government officials focused on advancing racial equity in their communities. The conference began with a number of local government leaders engaging in an informative but rather conventional panel discussion about their local strategies...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

In Our Health and Educational Systems, The Time for Board Diversity Is Now

Posted by Carolyn T. Adams and Vicki W. Kramer on Jul 30, 2020 9:55:12 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic’s revelation of racial and gender disparities and the nationwide demonstrations about racism inspired by brutal police behavior have produced demands for major changes in our society and its institutions. Many call for new approaches to promote the welfare of a diverse...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Reflections on Trust and Its Relationship to Racial Inequity on Nonprofit Boards

Posted by Jim Taylor on May 21, 2020 2:16:23 PM

One of Stephen M.R. Covey’s fundamental beliefs about leadership is that progress happens “at the speed of trust” —  that organizational work gets done with and through people, and that trust is the basis for every transaction and relationship. 

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It's Time to Talk About...What  Board Commitment to Equity Looks Like in This Moment

Posted by Jim Taylor on May 1, 2020 10:10:11 AM

There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on communities of color. But this fact prompts a much more difficult question for nonprofit boards to consider in this moment: “What can boards do in the near-term to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Current Events, COVID-19

The Impact of Diversity on Board Outcomes

Posted by Angela E. White on Mar 4, 2020 12:50:38 PM

This post was written by one of the many nonprofit leaders who will be presenting at the 2020 BoardSource Leadership Forum May 7-8 in St. Louis. We hope to see you there!

When I first became a consultant nearly 24 years ago, we had a client who was creating a list of potential leadership gift...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity

It’s Time to Talk About… The Implications of the College Admissions Scandal

Posted by Jim Taylor on Nov 6, 2019 2:47:57 PM

We live in a time in which major issues within the social sector or society at large — complex and nuanced issues — often emerge with little warning and gain momentum quickly, impacting nonprofits in unforeseen ways. When this happens, those at the helm of the organization — its board leaders —...

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Board Diversity Includes Disabilities

Posted by Guy Caruso and Kathy Miller on Oct 25, 2019 1:53:50 PM

Disability is “natural,” has been part of the human experience since the beginning of time, and continues to be a natural part of the human condition, as referred to in the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (PL 106-402).

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Make Board Diversity Work

Posted by Hardy Smith on Aug 27, 2019 2:19:35 PM

Adopting a goal to achieve board diversity is one thing. Taking action to achieve that goal is quite another.

Despite ongoing encouragement for nonprofit boards to embrace diversity, BoardSource’s Leading with Intent: 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices survey shows that movement...

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Transparency: A Tool for Increasing Board Diversity

Posted by Andy Davis on Feb 6, 2019 11:46:00 AM

If this isn’t your first visit to the BoardSource blog over the past few years, you probably already know that we have committed ourselves deeply to helping the nonprofit sector increase its diversity, inclusion, and equity. If you are unfamiliar with our recent work, then you should know that...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity


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