SPECIAL REPORT
March 07, 2017

Behind the Velvet Rope: Are Nonprofits Too Elite?

Amid populist political uprisings on both the left and the right, some in the nonprofit world worry that many charities have become dominated by a professional elite and disconnected from the people they aim to help. This special report offers analysis, opinion, advice, and stories about groups that are trying to change that.

Article
March 07, 2017

Charities Get More Professional but Fear Losing Touch With Those They Serve

Increasingly stocked with well-paid, well-educated leaders and staffs, the nonprofit world risks disconnecting with middle- and working-class Americans.

Article
March 07, 2017

7 Ways Nonprofits Are Building Economically Diverse Staffs

These organizations are rethinking hiring, salary, and even internships to add people of modest means to their ranks.

Article
March 07, 2017

Foundation Executive Who Grew Up Poor Still Feels Like an Outsider at Times

Raised in poverty, Rodney Christopher now makes decisions on granting and investing millions. He says much of the philanthropic world places little value on his life experience.

Article
March 07, 2017

Opinion: Debating Philanthropy's 'Elite' Tendencies in a Populist Time

Foundations won't survive the Trump era if they act like they have all the answers, the Hudson Institute's William Schambra writes, but Amir Pasic of the Lilly School says philanthropy's support of varied institutions and communities promotes pluralism and checks autocracy.

Tool Kit
January 11, 2017

How to Build a Diverse Nonprofit Staff and Board

A collection of Chronicle resources to help you bring on employees and leaders with a wide variety of backgrounds.