Diverse boards are crucial to ensuring that nonprofit organizations have the broad perspectives necessary to understand the constituents they serve, creatively address emerging problems, plan effectively, and expand donor engagement. Yet national research shows 84% of nonprofit board members are white, with nearly 1 in 3 nonprofits lacking any professionals of color on their boards (BoardSource).
In a Nonprofit Leadership Center survey of nonprofit CEOs, leaders said the most significant barrier to building a diverse board is having the knowledge and understanding to identify and recruit professionals of color who are passionate about the mission. Many admitted they didn’t know where to start.
The Nonprofit Leadership Center’s Advancing Racial Equity on Nonprofit Boards Fellowship is designed to:
The 2023 fellowship program takes place August 15 through November 14. During this transformative learning and networking experience, fellows participate in the following sessions:
All courses in the Advancing Racial Equity on Nonprofit Boards Fellowship program are taught by experienced, racially diverse subject matter experts and practitioners at the Nonprofit Leadership Center.
Meet our fellowship trainers:
The Advancing Racial Equity on Nonprofit Boards Fellowship is made possible by generous funding from the Florida Blue Foundation with additional support from corporate and nonprofit funders.
Funding partners will invite professionals of color to participate in the fellowship on behalf of their organization. Additionally, professionals of color throughout Tampa Bay, including those working for a small business, may apply.
To make this program accessible, we strongly encourage applicants to secure funding support from their employers.
Attention nonprofit CEOs and board chairs! Join us for an upcoming info session to learn more about the fellowship, how to diversify your board and how your nonprofit could potentially participate in welcoming a fellow onto your board.
Each one-hour virtual session will feature a fellowship graduate and nonprofit CEO who will share their perspectives on and experiences with the fellowship. Register now:
Acceptance into the Advancing Racial Equity on Nonprofit Boards Fellowship program is by application only, and you must be a professional of color to apply. Applications for the 2023 program have closed. Please stay tuned for the next fellowship application process
Are you a professional of color who is experienced in nonprofit board service and would like to mentor another professional of color as they gain knowledge and skills to effectively serve our communities? We will pair selected mentors with fellows to meet virtually or in-person with mentees for one to two hours between each of the six training sessions.
Mentor applications have closed for 2023. Please check back in early 2024 to apply for the next fellowship.
If your nonprofit organization is interested in being considered as one of the organizations that fellows can work with through the Advancing Racial Equity on Nonprofit Boards Fellowship, we invite you to complete our interest form. In doing so, you acknowledge that your organization’s leaders commit to participating in group training. (Optional coaching sessions are also offered.)
Wondering what it’s like to participate in the Advancing Racial Equity on Nonprofit Boards Fellowship? What are the most powerful benefits? Six recent graduates share their experience.
The 2023 Advancing Racial Equity on Nonprofit Boards Fellowship is made possible with generous support from the Florida Blue Foundation along with corporate and nonprofit partners, including Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Bank of America, Bloomin’ Brands, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Fifth Third Bank, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, and Vistra Communications.
If you have questions about the new Advancing Racial Equity on Nonprofit Boards Fellowship offered by the Nonprofit Leadership Center, please contact Meriel Martínez at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 813-287-8779.
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