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Building the Boards We Need

Posted by Rick Moyers on Jun 2, 2021 12:57:00 PM

For almost 30 years, I’ve been part of a sector-wide conversation about the lack of diversity on nonprofit boards and the need to do better. In retrospect, I realize that our initial arguments were grounded primarily in a belief in the importance of representation. We also frequently cited...

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Topics: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

The March Continues

Posted by Jim Taylor on May 4, 2021 11:00:00 AM

I believe I’ll remember the images of last summer’s racial justice marches for the rest of my life – largely for a reason that I didn’t expect. It wasn’t just the number of protests around the country that inspired me, or even the size of the crowds (impressive as they were). It was the rich,...

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Topics: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Getting to the “Heart” of Racial Equity

Posted by Jim Taylor on Mar 2, 2021 11:00:00 AM

There’s a lovely expression that many of us in the Black community use when we want to repair strained relationships with each other; it’s an expression that always moves me when I hear it. Whether the cause of the disagreement is related to something we’ve done (or not done), or something we’ve...

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

The Healing Potential of the Nonprofit Sector

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on Jan 19, 2021 9:43:42 AM

Today is the National Day of Racial Healing, which takes place each year the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year, it also happens to fall on the day before we will inaugurate a new president – a momentous occasion in any context, but one that takes on particular significance as it...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Advocacy, Current Events, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Facing the Challenge of Racial Inequity — or Avoiding It

Posted by Jim Taylor on Oct 30, 2020 10:30:00 AM

There’s an old saying that every great victory is the result of many smaller victories that went unnoticed. As we undertake our individual and organizational racial equity journeys, I would suggest we slightly modify this adage. I think it's essential that we do notice the small victories –...

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

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


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