2011 API Representation on the Top 100 Non-Profit Boards


According to LEAP’s 2011 API Representation on the Top 100 Nonprofit Boards, just 47 of the top 100 nonprofits have API representation on their boards.


As part of our long-term strategy on research of API representation in top leadership roles, this report marks the fourth in a series evaluating the inclusion of APIs at the highest leadership levels (Boards of  Directors) in the corporate, foundation, nonprofit and education sectors.

In order to define the top 100 nonprofits, LEAP chose to focus its research on the largest U.S. nonprofits as ranked by The NonProfit Times on “The NPT 2010 Top 100” in the publication’s November 1, 2010 issue. To be included on the list, an organization must raise at least 10 percent of income from individual gifts. The revenue of these 100 nonprofits totaled $64.78 billion and ranged from just over $151 million for the smallest organization to over $5.8 billion for the largest nonprofit.


  • Just 47 of the top 100 nonprofits have API representation on their boards.
  • Seventy-five APIs hold 78 board seats at the top 100 nonprofits.
  • The 78 board seats represent 2.55% of the total 3,061 board seats in the top 100 nonprofits.
  • No APIs head a nonprofit in the role of executive director, president and/or CEO.
  • Twenty-four (32%) out of the 75 API directors are women.

LEAP made every effort to achieve a high degree of accuracy. Information on race, ethnicity and gender composition of board members is not always publicly available. If errors or omissions are discovered, LEAP will make necessary adjustments. Please contact Grace Toy, Sr. Vice President of Administration and CFO, at gtoy@leap.org.