1.1 Advantages of a more diverse board

Diverse perspectives in decision-making lead to better decisions[1] 

Different perspectives help to identify a full range of opportunities and risks.

A diverse organization can be more responsive to the community and clients

The organization can access more resources in the community through connections with potential collaborative partners, policy makers and donors.

A diverse board can lead to increased governance board sustainability

Boards that are not diverse risk becoming stagnant.

A diverse board can support fundraising and marketing/outreach more effectively

Each board member represents another potential network, with new resources and connections.

A diverse board can help build social capital and cohesion among diverse populations

Organizations with diverse boards are better positioned to respond to a range of external influences, and can provide new opportunities and skills for under-represented groups. Once your board and leadership start to become more diverse, your organization needs to think about building a culture of inclusion.

  1. Adapted from DiverseCity onBoard (2011). Diversity in Governance: A Toolkit for Nonprofit Boards. Retrieved from http://diversecityonboard.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Diversity-on-Non-Profit-Boards-Toolkit.pdf and National Council of Non-Profits (n.d). Why diversity, equity, and inclusion matter for nonprofits. Retrieved from https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/tools-resources/why-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-matter-nonprofits


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