Michigan Statewide Nonprofit Leadership Census 2022

Report by Trish Abalo, Stephanie Quesnelle, Rosie Liu, Jeff Williams
December 2022

Community Data & Research Lab at the Johnson Center   (Grand Rapids)
Data Driven Detroit (D3)   (Detroit)

Sector wide, the importance and strengths of nonprofits founded, led, and governed by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (collectively referred to here as BIPOC-led nonprofits) have entered regular conversations with funders, nonprofits, donors, and boards of directors alike. In 2022, the Michigan Nonprofit Association collaborated with Data Driven Detroit (D3), the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, and two oversight groups of Michigan nonprofits to launch the Michigan Statewide Nonprofit Leadership Census. The survey aimed to build the first detailed dataset about the demographics of nonprofit leaders, board members, and staff in Michigan. Findings focus on BIPOC leaders of nonprofit organizations in the state, to provide a better understanding of the racial and ethnic composition of their staff and boards, and to facilitate support and additional connections between these organizations. It also identifies equity issues facing different communities across the state, as the issues facing residents might differ across regions. The official survey was open from January 20 to April 1, 2022. When it closed, the survey had received a total of 587 complete responses from every one of the six regions and 89% of the counties in Michigan.