Nonprofit board diversity and cultural competency is important for the sustainability of a nonprofit. Not all nonprofits practice the fundamental commitments to these disciplines and on occasion, a news item might bring this to light. One recent Wall Street Journal item raised for me the question of an organization's commitment to board diversity.
The article noted how the National Dance Institute just found a new home in Harlem for $6 million (that was eye-raising in itself). The article includes a picture of three white board members. Curious I went to the Institute's web site to view its board. My finding, after a little bit of internet research: the majority of the board is white and wealthy.
Noted on the Institute's web site are however some diversity facts:
What do you think: a culturally competent and diverse board? And how does it make a difference?