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Let's Talk Board Diversity!

A diversified board is so important for a not-for-profit to succeed and be effective. We are all working to provide survivors of sexual violence with the best services possible and the backbone of a strong organization is YOU and a diverse board. Sometimes it can feel challenging to get community stakeholders energized and on the same page about the work we do and even more so to find folks willing to commit themselves to being on our boards. This is why it is so important to be strategic and selective when recruiting for board members.

Benefits of a Diverse Board

You are probably able to think of several great reasons to work on diversifying your board. To get you started we've shared three of our favorites to think about when looking at diversity as a key for success.

  • Healthy Debate
  • Variety of Expertise
    • Drawing from each other's expertise will create a well-balanced board and a better representation of your community.
    • Look for a wide variety of members with multiple levels of expertise, for example: Do you have a college or university in your community that could become involved? Is your legal community present at your table? Are voices from underserved populations represented?
  • Opportunity for differing ideas, resources and solutions
    • Welcome the opportunity to share differing ideas to find solutions and to meet your community needs. Since we know there's a large range of sexual assault experiences, it's imperative that we critically examine the services we offer through a variety of perspectives.

For more ideas contributed by Mike Myatt and Forbes, you can see Top 10 Reasons Diversity is Good for the Boardroom.

Assessing Board Diversity

Now that you're excited about the benefits of board diversity, the next step is to assess your strengths. Fortunately there are several great tools and examples to get you started on a board assessment. Below are a few that may be helpful:

Reviewed: March 21st, 2017