Sharing Opportunities to Serve and to Learn
Building a diverse board is an ever-important and ongoing process. Research has shown that board diversity improves a nonprofit’s ability to serve its community, respond to external influences, make decisions, access resources, and build trusted relationships with donors and program partners (National Council of Nonprofits).
Historically, nonprofit boards are not diverse, with over 74% of boards comprised of non-BIPOC men and women. In San Diego, only 33% of our boards have BIPOC members even though 55% of our local population identifies as a black, indigenous or as a person of color*. To be intentional about diversity, equity and inclusion organizationally and to make the necessary policy shifts in how we serve the world requires diverse and well-trained boards of directors.
Percent of People who Identify as BIPOC in Leadership Positions
*Source: 2021 Annual Report: State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy in San Diego
While understanding the need to diversify, many nonprofit professionals and volunteer board members are unsure of how to start or what process to follow to accomplish and maintain a new, diverse and inclusive board composition. It can be a daunting task. But the time has come to begin this work in earnest . . .
The Nonprofit Board Exchange is a free service offered by Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego in collaboration with our community partners to expand the pool of nonprofit board members in San Diego by sharing trainings, resources, and listings of open board positions.
Serve and Learn
NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS may list a board opening to share with the broader community. Simply create an account on the Board Listings tab to get started.
INDIVIDUALS may peruse all offerings and contact the listing nonprofit organization directly if interested in serving. Please visit the Board Listings tab to review current offerings.
“Being new to the nonprofit space, I had no idea where to start when it came to building a board of directors. Thankfully I was directed towards the Fieldstone Nonprofit Board Exchange. After posting our board position, I was connected and communicating with a real quality candidate within days. All future board opportunities will be posted with Fieldstone, no question about it.”
“Thank you for posting our open board positions. We received several applications from qualified candidates who learned about the openings from you. We appreciated your help!”
Janine Mason -Founding Director
Leta Keyes – Program Administrator