Best Boards are Composed of Individuals with Variety of Viewpoints

Sep 22, 2010

BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. BoardSource believes that the best boards are composed of individuals who bring a variety of viewpoints that come from different life experiences and cultures.

Below are just some of BoardSource's diversity resources, which focus on generational and race and ethnicity issues as well as diversity broadly. Additional resources are availble to BoardSource members.

Intergenerational Resources

Next Generation and Governance

This report is a step in understanding results from BoardSource’s Nonprofit Governance Index 2007 survey showing that only 2 percent of nonprofit organizations have board members under 30 years of age, and 36 percent of organizations have board members between the ages of 30 and 49 years of age.

Board Live Matters

Board Life Matters is an online forum designed to inspire and engage the next generation of nonprofit board members.

Race and Ethnicity Resources

VITAL VOICES: Lessons Learned from Board Members of Color

This preliminary report is BoardSource's first survey designed to amplify the voices of people of color serving on nonprofit boards of directors. With support from the James Irvine Foundation, BoardSource undertook this research to capture the experiences, opinions, and perspectives of these individuals, in order to identify what helps and what hinders progress toward building diverse and inclusive boards.

Diversity and Inclusion Resources

"Beyond Political Correctness: Building a Diverse Board"

An excerpt from Recruiting a Stronger Board: A BoardSource Toolkit, this article identifies three strategies to assist boards in embracing and integrating diversity and creating an inclusive environment.

Nonprofit Governance Index 2010

The Nonprofit Governance Index 2010 updates baseline data about board practices in the United States. Data includes a section on demographics of members of Boards on pages 27-33.

Perspectives on Nonprofit Board Diversity

This e-book features three chapters offering a case study, a look at women on Boards, and a section on rhe importance of differentiating between diversity and representativeness.

Board, Chief Executive Play Critical Roles in Creating Diverse Board

This article looks briefly at the roles the Board and the CEO play in implementing a diversity plan.

Transformative Governance

Transformative Governance is a blog, which often features perspectives on board diversity and generational issues in the board room.

Additional Resources

BoardSource membership gives you access to archives of articles, research, and white papers, including such diversity relevant articles as:
"Inclusion: Encouraging Participatory Governance" by Zora Radosevich
"Diversity in Action" by Deborah W. Foster, Executive Vice President, United Way of America
"How to Define Diversity: Q & A" by Janet Boguch

Additional members receive a discount on the purchase of publications, such as:
Diversity: Who Should Sit at the Table
Recruiting a Stronger Board: A BoardSource Toolkit
The Board Building Cycle: Nine Steps to Finding, Recruiting, and Engaging Nonprofit Board Members