Diverse perspectives in decision-making lead to better decisions
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.
- 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 ↵