“This statewide survey was open to all nonprofits in Michigan and the results will be used to elevate the stories of community leaders statewide, with an emphasis on Black and Brown leaders, to better facilitate connections between community-based organizations, funders, corporations and other resource and service providers who want to support them,” Kelley Kuhn, the president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association wrote in the report’s forward. “The lack of diversity we have consistently seen in the nonprofit sector is a major concern for those organizations that provide services or advocacy primarily to communities of color and among those groups whose mission is aimed at promoting race equity. Since lack of diversity can interfere with communication and hamper efforts to address racial inequality, this mismatch can undercut trust among the (communities) nonprofits serve.”
The inaugural survey is intended to help connect minority nonprofit leaders in the state as well as identify equity issues nonprofits might be facing, it says. Most nonprofit leaders in the state are white women between the ages of 45 and 64 who have been in their job for fewer than five years, the report says.
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