Introduction

This survey is a project of NYC Service’s NYC Nonprofit Board Development Coalition in partnership with the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York and the Council of Urban Professionals.

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey on nonprofit board diversity, equity, and inclusion. Your responses to the following questions will help us understand and define the main barriers to diversifying boards in New York City through questions focused on board composition, structures, and practices. The survey is the first stage of this project, which will also include focus group interviews and a final report on the findings, recommendations, and action items. This survey should take approximately 20 minutes to fill out and we ask that it be completed by an Executive Director/CEO or board leader of a NYC 501(c)3  nonprofit organization.

Your responses to these questions will remain confidential and the results will be reported in the aggregate.

We define diversity, equity, and inclusion in reliance upon the following D5 Coalition’s definition:*

Diversity: The word “diversity” can mean different things to different people. We define it as a value that brings unique perspective or life experience to the decision-making table, but focusing particularly on:
  • Racial and ethnic groups: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics/Latinos/Latinas, African Americans and other blacks, and American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) populations
  • People with disabilities
  • Women
  • Age
This definition captures what our communities look like today. It focuses on populations that have been—and remain—underrepresented in the field, and have historically been excluded in the broader society.

Equity: Improving equity is to promote justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the underlying or root causes of outcome disparities within our society.

Inclusion: Refers to the degree to which diverse individuals are able to participate fully in the decision-making processes within an organization or group. While a truly “inclusive” group is necessarily diverse, a “diverse” group may or may not be “inclusive”.

* For this survey, the NYC Nonprofit Board Development Coalition includes “age” as part of the diversity characteristics.

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