Axios News: How to build board diversity in nonprofits


“If I had not gone through New Philanthropists, when it came time for someone to say to me, ‘It’s time to run for city council,’ I never would have thought of it,” Kimberly Holiday, the first Black woman to serve on Pflugerville’s City Council and a NAMI Central Texas board member, tells Axios.

As we get ready for our 2024 Board Mentors of Color programing, we’re excited to release a new report in collaboration with Measure. Read the full story on Axios.

“The best way to combat historical imbalances in nonprofit leadership is with mentor programs and transparent board recruitment processes, per a report to be released today by an Austin organization.

Driving the news: The report, “Breaking Barriers: Bridging the Nonprofit Board Representation Gap,” examines a cycle in which existing board members tend to recruit individuals similar to themselves.

It was conducted by Measure, an Austin-based research and data firm, for The New Philanthropists.

By the numbers: Since 2019, TNP has had more than 200 mentees and more than 40 mentors participate in its Board Mentors of Color Program, which supports leaders of color in navigating Austin nonprofit boards.”

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