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The Problem

The U.S. nonprofit sector has a diversity problem.  90% of nonprofit CEOs and board chairs are white.  People of color comprise just 16 percent of nonprofit board members, nearly identical to 1994 figures, even though they represent 39 percent of our country’s population. 30% of nonprofits don’t have a single person of color on their board. The leadership and governance of nonprofit organizations is not racially or ethnically reflective of the demographics of this country or the communities they're serving. Building Movement Project, authors of the publication "Race to Lead" refer to this problem as the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap


The Solution

Building Movement Project's Race to Lead report asserts that the racial leadership gap is a systemic problem that requires comprehensive systemic solutions - specifically "to address and correct the racialized organizational and systemic barriers facing people of color as leaders and in the sector overall."


What We Do

As a nonprofit, Minority Inclusion Project (MIP) works within a peer-learning network of nonprofit and public agencies to close the nonprofit racial leadership gap by creating pathways to leadership for people of color. We offer a variety of ways to work to advance racial and ethnic diversity in nonprofit leadership - from programs designed to advance diversity in nonprofit boards and leadership, to in-depth workshops, to hourly consulting sessions, to race-equity-inclusion strategic planning sessions.  MIP is very adept at tailoring our work to meet the distinct needs of the institutions and professionals in our peer-learning network.


Upcoming Activities & Events

Nonprofit Equity Summit

Thursday, April 5, 2018
8:00 am1:00 pm
Goodwin College, East Hartford CT
Nonprofit Equity Summit

The Nonprofit Equity Summit is a half-day conference facilitated by Minority Inclusion Project that is designed to discuss the needs, obstacles, benefits, and opportunities for nonprofits to become diverse, inclusive, and equitable. Join leaders from the nonprofit community and students from Goodwin College to share insights and ideas for a better social sector.

8:30am: Registration & Networking

9:00am - 11:00am: Session I: "Practical Strategies to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion"
- This workshop is for leaders, board members, administration, and staff from nonprofit organizations and Goodwin College. You'll learn a practical top-down strategy to advance DEI in your workplace.

11:00 - 11:30am: Nonprofit Networking Fair
- Students from Goodwin College are invited to meet and network with nonprofit leaders to discuss internship, fellowship, job, and board opportunities.

11:30am - 12:30pm: Session II: "Equity-Centered Leadership"
- This workshop is designed to introduce Goodwin College students to the importance of equity in leadership. As students explore careers both in and out of the nonprofit sector, having an understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusive leadership is critical to their success in a multi-cultural workforce.

12:30pm - 1pm - Final Reflections & Closing Remarks