Resources to Diversify Nonprofit Board Leadership

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FISA Foundation believes that promoting equity and inclusion for women, girls, and people with disabilities as well as people of color, will strengthen our community and its institutions. We also know that organizations led by individuals with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences lead to more equitable decision-making and stronger governance.[i]

As an organization that values and strives for board diversity itself, we know this work must be thoughtful and deliberate. It is the responsibility of every member of a nonprofit board to commit to inclusion in a deep and systematic way for diverse perspectives to be truly welcomed and heard within an organization. Only with a high level of care and responsibility will a diverse board thrive. We hope the strategies and resources that follow will be a helpful tool in those efforts.

[i] Board Source. (2017). Leading with Intent: 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices. p.12. Accessed at

Harris, E. (2014). The Impact of Board Diversity and Expertise on Nonprofit Performance. Nonprofit Leadership and Management 25(2): 113-130.

Lee, L., Marshall, R., Rallis, D. & Moscardi, M. (2015). Women on Boards: Global Trends in Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards. MSCI ESG Research Inc. Accessed at

Click hereĀ for a handout on strategies and resources to diversify nonprofit boards of directors.


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