Photo of Paula Dang with the quote: "Growing up, I wished there were more people who looked like me. Now, I can be that representation."

Being the Change I Wish to See: Nonprofit Board Governance Through a New Lens

Paula Dang, Metropolitan Ministries Stories

I’ve always been passionate about being a voice for individuals and communities that need support. Life was challenging for me growing up as a Vietnamese and Asian American woman because I felt like I had to conform to societal and cultural norms. In middle school, I decided to lean into who I was. I honed in on my communication and …

Why have a DEI committee: DEI roles and responsibilities

Why a DEI Committee is Essential for Your Nonprofit: How to Get Started

Chris Johnson, Board Member & DEI Committee Chair Tips

Why is it important to have a DEI committee? What does a DEI committee do, and what are the DEI committee roles and responsibilities? Nonprofit Leadership Center Board Member and DEI Committee Chair Christopher Johnson answers these questions and more. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and concepts like DEI committees and DEI statements have become common topics on social media …

Top 10 of 2021

The 10 Most Popular Nonprofit Articles of 2021

Team NLC News

Although 2021 introduced new and increasing challenges for nonprofit leaders and organizations, it also brought hope and optimism as our sector continues to lead bravely and act boldly to strengthen our communities. During the past year, nonprofit leaders turned to the Nonprofit Leadership Center most often for resources to: Increase emotional intelligence and resilience Embrace and promote diversity, equity and …

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23 Leaders Selected for New Advancing Racial Equity on Nonprofit Boards Fellowship

Team NLC News

National research shows 84% of nonprofit board members are white, with 1 in 4 nonprofits lacking representation from any professionals of color on their boards (BoardSource, 2017). To address this disparity and foster more inclusive and equitable communities, the Nonprofit Leadership Center recently launched our new Advancing Racial Equity on Nonprofit Boards Fellowship. The program is designed to strengthen the …

Survey Reveals Impact of COVID-19 and 2020 Challenges on Nonprofits at Year-End

Team NLC News

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has profoundly impacted nonprofits and communities, but what is the outlook for organizations today as they’ve continued to navigate the effects of the pandemic? The Nonprofit Leadership Center began surveying nonprofit CEOs and executive directors in March 2020 to understand the impact of COVID-19 on Tampa Bay nonprofits and their constituents. Six months after the …

Image of Margarita Sarmiento with her quote: "An organization’s impact can only be as strong as the willingness of its people to take on the perspectives of others. "

Addressing Unconscious Bias: Where Awareness and Understanding Begin

Margarita Sarmiento Tips

We each carry a different perspective into the interactions we have and situations we experience. In other words, my reality is not your reality. Our bias, or our tendency to see the world through a lens that favors our own reality, shapes what we see. As we go through life understanding different realities, our own perspectives and opinions change. None …