How diverse and inclusive are Michigan’s nonprofits?

How diverse and inclusive are Michigan’s nonprofits? Unfortunately, not much data has been collected over the years to help us know the answer for our state. Who makes up the majority of nonprofit boards and staff?

Michigan Nonprofit Association and the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University have developed a new survey designed to assess the trends of Michigan’s nonprofit sector around policies and practices related to diversity and inclusiveness. Responses will help inform and direct the activities of MNA and partner organizations, including to inform a series of focus groups to be co-convened by MNA and the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF). The focus groups will develop an action plan for helping nonprofits become more diverse and inclusive.

If you haven’t done so already, we encourage nonprofit leaders to take 10 minutes and follow this link to take the survey. Click here to complete the survey.

The survey closes by Wednesday, November 25, 2009.

How do you think Michigan’s nonprofit sector will compare to the nation? Why is this a concern? Read the Chronicle of Philanthropy article, “Foundations Lack Board Diversity, Says Report.” Will our state appear the same?

Kyle CaldwellSubmitted by Kyle Caldwell, president and CEO of Michigan Nonprofit Association.

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2 Responses

  1. Interested to see the results! Will you be sharing the survey report with nonmembers or posting it on IssueLab?

  2. Hi Luise,

    We will share the results members and nonmembers. It will be emailed through our MI Nonprofit News e-newsletter (visit to sign up), posted to the MNA web site and we’ll share the results on this blog. We’ll also be sure to post it on IssueLab. Thanks for your interest!
    -Lisa Sommer
    Public Relations Manager
    Michigan Nonprofit Association

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