Creating Conversations About Board Diversity

For several years, we have asked our grantees to share information about who sits on their board and whether it reflects the community they serve. Our application includes a board diversity grid for them to use, but importantly it is designed for board members to self-identify. We want to avoid the applicant filling out the grid themselves and only putting down the sums of each category (like "3 veterans, 5 non-veterans, etc."). Our goal is to spark a conversation among the board while also measuring where they are at in terms of their current makeup.

My question is this: how have you navigated this challenge? The grid we created feels outdated and is also cumbersome from a design standpoint. What ways to do use to assess this with your applicants?

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