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Survey finds racial gaps in Detroit nonprofit leadership: What that means

Survey finds racial gaps in Detroit nonprofit leadership: What that means

The Detroit Free Press recently published an article highlighting the results of the Detroit Nonprofit Leadership Census, a collaboration between the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) and Data Driven Detroit (D3).

The survey looked at racial diversity in leadership roles from a sample of 200 organizations out of about 1,500 operating in the city. MNA's Nellie Tsai, social innovation officer, was quoted on the general importance of the survey, especially with events in the past two years. 

“We started this journey last year because so much was happening in the world, in terms of the pandemic and the racial uprising," said Nellie Tsai, social innovation officer at MNA. The pandemic highlighted "more than ever," she said,  "the stark disparities between how different nonprofits were being leaned on during the pandemic and just really throughout, and what services were being demanded and yet, also who was getting funded and who wasn't during those times.”

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