“A question for Executive Directors everywhere. Do you have a cohort group? A group of people who are also Executive Directors, understand your challenges and provide you an opportunity to talk, share, learn, grow and mentor others. If not – you should. Being an Executive Director can be one of the loneliest jobs – there is literally no one you can confide in. Perhaps your spouse or significant other – but that gets old pretty fast. A cohort group make a huge difference. [Read more…]
Nonprofit organizations – and their boards – are on the front lines of many of the societal problems we face. They are advocates, providers of human services and collaborators for social change. And they are predominantly white.
A recent study of Board practices, Leading With Intent published by BoardSource noted that “boards are not prioritizing demographics in their recruitment practices”. The survey they undertook of their members received responses from 1,545 organizations nationally. Of those organizations, 90% of their Chief Executives were Caucasian, as was 90% of Board Chairs and 84% of Board members. [Read more…]