Leadership Briefing

Boards Count!

Preview findings from Boards Count!

Executive briefing for nonprofit, public sector, and Latino community leaders will direct a spotlight squarely on the lack of Latino nonprofit leaders in Los Angeles County and California.  Members of the media are invited.

Briefing presenters will summarize findings and answer questions about Boards Count!, the most extensive independent tabulation of Latino nonprofit board members ever conducted. Boards Count! examined more than 24,000 board members at almost 1,500 nonprofit organizations in 19 U.S. major metropolitan areas.

The briefing begins at 11 a.m. Pacific on Monday April 17 at the national headquarters of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) in downtown Los Angeles.

Briefing co-hosts: Thomas A. Saenz, President & General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and Efrain Escobedo, President & CEO of the Center for Nonprofit Management-Southern California.  A summary of Boards Count! findings will be presented by Latinos LEAD board members Sabrina De Santiago and Geoff GreenPatrick Salazar, Latinos LEAD Founder & Executive Director will moderate Q&A with guests and the media following the presentation.

Boards Count! Highlights – Los Angeles & California 

  • Latinos make up 11% of the 3,227 board members at 202 Los Angeles-are nonprofits
  • There are no Latinos at all serving on 36% of Los Angeles nonprofit boards 
  • At 556 California nonprofits, we counted 847 Latinos (or 10.6%) among 7,983 board members 
  • No Latinos were found on 223 (or 40.1%) of the nonprofit boards reviewed in California 

California’s Nonprofit Sector – Economic Engine & Public Sector Partner 

  • In 2019, there were 27,317 nonprofits in California with 1.2 million employees 
  • Nonprofits rank as the third largest by wages among the state’s key industries; employing more than finance and insurance, wholesale trade, or construction
  • 5,888 California nonprofits collected taxpayer funds in 2019; in 2016 public sector grants and contracts made up 30% of all nonprofit revenue
  • $8.7 billion in federal funds was paid through California state and local governments (2019); with billions more every year in from state and local governments

Nonprofit organizations collect billions directly from taxpayers through federal, state, and local grants and contracts. Taxpayers subsidize the nonprofit sector indirectly through tax exemptions and donor taxable income deductions. Board members oversee the financial health, strategic direction, and monitor the impact of services at these nonprofit organizations. 

Latinos LEAD helps nonprofits serve as responsible stewards of taxpayer funding through transparency, accountability, and authentic inclusion.