The Women’s Nonprofit Leadership Initiative (WNLI) works to increase significantly the percentage of women on the governing boards of nonprofit healthcare and higher education institutions (eds and meds) and to expand women’s influence and formal leadership on these boards. 


Our goal is for governing boards to reflect the gender, racial, and other diversity of their stakeholders. We believe board diversity enhances institutional performance and is necessary for achieving true institutional diversity, equity and inclusion. 

A 2021 update of WNLI's 2019 study, The Gender Gap in Nonprofit Boardrooms, reveals that diversity on nonprofit eds and meds boards has improved, but there is still a long way to go. Click Here to read the new report.

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