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The Women’s Nonprofit Leadership Initiative (WNLI) and Nonprofit Issues have jointly published a new national study of gender diversity on the boards of major nonprofit educational and healthcare institutions. The report - Increasing Gender Diversity on the Boards of Nonprofit Eds and Meds:  Why and How to Do It - is based on in-depth confidential interviews with 59 ed and med board members and institutional leaders (chairs and chief executives) in 14 states and the District of Columbia, representing every region of the United States. This qualitative study explores the reasons behind the numbers reported in WNLI’s earlier report (with La Salle University and its Nonprofit Center) and recommends strategies for changing the numbers.

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The Women’s Nonprofit Leadership Initiative (WNLI) and The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University’s School of Business, are proud to announce the release of the first census of women board members of the 50 largest medical and educational institutions in Greater Philadelphia. The Gender Gap in Nonprofit Boardrooms is the first in-depth analysis of gender diversity on the boards of these major regional nonprofit institutions. 


This research launches the first of what we hope will be a triennial look at the gender and racial composition of the boards of the largest 25 healthcare and 25 largest higher education nonprofits in our region. We want to encourage these 50 premiere nonprofit organizations, as well as all nonprofits in the region, regardless of budget and mission, to move to a gender and racial balance that is reflective of their constituencies and the larger communities of which they are a part.

Related resources

The Boston Club Nonprofit Board Census (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019). Click Here

Castillo, Elizabeth. 2018. “Why are we still struggling with diversity, equity, and inclusion in

nonprofit governance?” Nonprofit Quarterly.   Click Here  

Catalyst. 1 August 2018. “Quick Take: Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter.” Click Here


The Forum of Executive Women. Women in Leadership 2018: A Status Report on Women

Leaders in Corporate Boardrooms and Executive Offices. Click Here   

Hunt, Vivian, Lareina Yee, Sara Prince, and Sundiatu Dixon- Fyle. 2018. “Delivering through

diversity.” McKinsey & Company. Click Here 


National Council of Nonprofits. “Diversity on Nonprofit Boards.” Click Here


Scaccetti, J., Marrazzo, B. (2015, April 24) Local Boards Must Push for Gender Diversity.

Philadelphia Inquirer. Click Here


Shankie, Erin. 21 January 2015. “Women in Power--Or, Not So Much: Gender in the Nonprofit

Sector.”   Nonprofit Quarterly. Click Here 

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