On average, ethnic minorities never represent more than 18% of nonprofit board membership across the country. Nonprofit organizations across Northeast Ohio are trying to change this. There have been numerous studies that show that diverse groups including a range of perspectives enhance creative thinking, innovation, and problem-solving, resulting in better decisions.

The Minority Pipeline Initiative (MPI) Taskforce was assembled in 2008. However, with the increased societal unrest last year, we reinvigorated it. The taskforce identifies professionals of color or within diverse communities that may have an interest in serving on a nonprofit board of directors. These professionals are provided training on what it means to be on a board and then go through BVU’s board matching process to be matched to a nonprofit board.

The taskforce has also identified the need to educate nonprofits on what it means to have a diverse board. Through BVU, and a partnership with Gradient, we are providing DEII training for nonprofit leaders.


In partnership with our Minority Pipeline Initiative (MPI) Task Force, BVU works to train, match, and elect people who represent diverse communities to nonprofit boards of directors. BVU encourages all business partners to nominate diverse candidates and invites community members from diverse backgrounds to attend a training and learn more.


Thank you to our 2022 Minority Pipeline Initiative Sponsors   



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“Programs like the Minority Pipeline Initiative are how we initiate change in our communities. Thanks for all that BVU does to keep our nonprofit community thriving.”

Nicole Crews

Manager, Global Diversity and Engagement, Swagelok

MPI in the News

Business Volunteers Unlimited helping nonprofits diversify their boards of directors- Cleveland Plain Dealer front page, above the fold June 12, 2021 article.
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