Research Report

Measuring Racial-Ethnic Diversity in the Baltimore-Washington Region's Nonprofit Sector

The nonprofit sector in the Baltimore-Washington region is undergoing a profound, albeit quiet, revolution driven by demographic change. The people and communities that nonprofits serve increasingly reflect a multiracial and multi-ethnic world, and a new generation of leaders will soon emerge as baby boomer executives retire. This report examines whether the Baltimore-Washington regions nonprofit sector reflects the new demographic realities. The report, based on a representative sample of 501(c)(3) organizations, documents the extent to which the regions nonprofit boards, staff, and executive leadership are racially and ethnically diverse. It also analyzes diversity by the organizations size, type, and geographic location, and examines how the sector has been affected by the current economic downturn.