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Associated Black Charities’ (ABC) Board Pipeline Leadership Development Project

BOARD PIPELINE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROJECT:

INVESTING IN YOU

Associated Black Charities’ (ABC) Board Pipeline Leadership Development Project continues the organization’s commitment to developing a pipeline of professionals from racially under-represented communities to serve on boards in our region. The Board Pipeline Leadership Project helps to provide the pathways of access and opportunity that promote equity, opening doors for an expanded use of the “time, talent, and treasure” that these individuals can bring to board service for the benefit of Baltimore and its surrounding areas and region.

Many of the nonprofits seeking professionals with racially diverse backgrounds are also nonprofits that serve low income communities of color. This provides a double bottom line “return on investment” on behalf of the community and on behalf of the professionals of color.

This special Board Pipeline Cycle focuses on Gen Y / Millennials (born 1977 – 1994) and Gen Xers (born 1966 – 1976), population cohorts particularly interested in advocacy engaging with / solving the issues resulting in the Baltimore Uprising and other social justice actions. Here is an opportunity to expand the focus to civic engagement through non-profit board service.

Data regarding the diversity of non-profit boards in the Baltimore-Washington region affirms the need for this project (statistics below are from the recently released Racial Diversity Collaborative’s study measuring the racial and ethnic diversity in the Baltimore-Washington region’s non-profit sector [www.racialdiversitycollaborative.org or www.urban.org]):

  • Nearly half (49%) of the population in the Baltimore-Washington region is people of color, yet people of color hold only 27% of board positions in the region;
  • 24% of governing boards in the region are composed entirely of non-Hispanic whites;
  • Non-Hispanic white men hold an estimated 44% of the region’s governing board positions;
  • Non-Hispanic white women are the second-most prevalent type of board member, holding almost 30% of board positions in the region.

The Board Leadership Pipeline convenes for one evening on five consecutive weeks. This training equips interested candidates with the skills and techniques needed to be more effective board members.

We invite you to become an Associated Black Charities’ Board Pipeline Professional. Please submit your Bio (with contact information at the top), resume, and short e-mail of interest to – or contact for more information -- Ms. A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager, More in the Middle Initiative, [email protected].

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