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NYC Service: NYC Nonprofit Board Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In 2017, the NYC Nonprofit Board Development Coalition, led by NYC Service, a division of the Office of the Mayor, partnered with the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC), and launched a study to understand the current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) on New York City nonprofit boards. Viney was approached to lead focus group interviews from August to October 2017, and included 37 individuals (NYC nonprofit CEOs/EDs and board members) across eight different focus groups. The study assessed nonprofit board composition, board policies and procedures, and successes organizations have had surrounding DEI and the potential challenges they face. The goal of the study and subsequent report was to identify nonprofit board DEI gaps, strategies, and resources for NYC’s nonprofit sector.

Project Details

Client NYC Service
Date 2017-2018
Skills Research – Focus Groups


The Viney Group worked in conjunction with NYC Service and key partners (Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of NY, Council for Urban Professionals, Center for Bronx Nonprofits, and the NYC Nonprofit Board Development Coalition) to lead eight focus groups of nonprofit Executive Directors and board officers and provide a qualitative analysis that reports on board diversity, equity, and inclusion.


The Viney Group conducted focus groups over three months to uncover experiences, attitudes, and reactions of 37 individuals representing 38 nonprofits on the topic of board diversity in NYC.


The qualitative findings from the focus groups were incorporated into a comprehensive report issued in October 2018. Utilizing the data and recommendations, the NYC Nonprofit Board Development Coalition will develop a DEI action plan over the coming year to support and advance nonprofit board DEI efforts in NYC.

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