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Public Event

The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap in Massachusetts

A Race to Lead Brief


October 28, 2020

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM



The Race to Lead logo; gold, teal, magenta, and lime green horizontal stripes from a triangle. To the right of that is black, stacked text that reads "Race to Lead." Black text below that reads "An initiative of Building Movement Project."


The Boston Foundation and Barr Foundation invite you to the release of the Building Movement Project's new 2020 Race to Lead report: The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap in Massachusetts: A Race to Lead Brief.  Please join us for a presentation of the results with report authors Frances Kunreuther and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, followed by a panel discussion with experienced nonprofit leaders Abrigal Forrester, Elaine Ng and David Shapiro moderated by the City of Boston's Dr. Karilyn Crockett. 

Using data collected from the Race to Lead Revisited: Obstacles and Opportunities in Addressing the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap national report, the brief explores the racial leadership gap in the Massachusetts nonprofit sector and the differences between how people of color and white respondents experience their working lives in the sector. The brief also compares the results to those from the 2018 edition of The Nonprofit Leadership Gap in Massachusetts: A Race to Lead Brief.

The webinar will explore these persistent gaps and highlight the need for nonprofit leaders, funders and supporters to understand and acknowledge the systemic white advantage that permeates the sector, challenging us to move toward achieving greater equity and inclusion. Researchers will also share how the Massachusetts findings compare with the rest of the nation on this critical measure.


Welcome & Opening Remarks
Jennifer Aronson, Associate Vice President for Programs, The Boston Foundation

Presentation of Report
Frances Kunreuther, Co-Director, The Building Movement Project
Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Co-Director, The Building Movement Project

Panel Discussion and Q&A
Dr. Karilyn Crockett, Chief of Equity, City of Boston (Moderator)
Abrigal Forrester, Executive Director, The Center for Teen Empowerment
Elaine Ng, CEO, TSNE MissionWorks
David Shapiro, CEO, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

Closing Remarks

Kimberly Haskins, Senior Program Officer, The Barr Foundation


To view the report and forum video from April 2018, follow this link: The Nonprofit Leadership Gap in Massachusetts: A Race to Lead Brief.

A live stream link will be sent after registration, prior to the event. 

For additional information, or to register by phone or email, please contact Michelle Hinkle at: