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The Power of the Nonprofit Workforce with Dr. Lester Salamon

Too often in our sector, nonprofit leaders are discussed as if we are walking, talking deficits -- empty vessels needing to be filled with competencies, skills, and knowledge. The truth is that the nonprofit workforce is one of the greatest assets available to our organizations, our funders, and our society! Despite all the challenges we [...]

By | October 16th, 2020|podcast|0 Comments

Racial & Generational Barriers in Nonprofit Careers, Frances Kunreuther and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld Interview

Hi everybody. I’m excited to share Episode 3 of Fund the People’s podcast.  First, a few things are on my mind. I want to wish you health and well-being during this pandemic, during the unrest and violence happening in our society. And I want to encourage you as much as possible to stay safe, and [...]

By | October 2nd, 2020|podcast|0 Comments

Investing in Nonprofit Staff as an Equity Strategy, Kathy Reich

In this episode, Rusty talks with Kathy Reich, who works at the Ford Foundation, and previously worked at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. They discuss how, in each foundation, Kathy discovered the need to provide support to the staff of grantee organizations.   Listen in to hear more about: Kathy’s journey in philanthropy and [...]

By | September 25th, 2020|podcast|0 Comments

Treating Leaders Like Batteries, Vu Le Interview

Vu Le is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the former Executive Director of RVC, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the [...]

By | September 17th, 2020|podcast|0 Comments

Backstory of Fund the People (Org & Podcast)

Do you love nonprofit work, but find yourself frustrated by the starvation cycle, the overhead myth, the racial and economic inequity, and the toxic burnout culture that dampens our effectiveness? Do you want to see change, but you’re now sure how to address these harmful outdated mental models and practices? Or what to replace them [...]

By | September 14th, 2020|podcast|0 Comments

Looking Beyond Leadership: Why Funders Should Support Grantees’ Entire Staff

By Rusty Stahl. There is a vast chasm between the perspectives of foundation and nonprofit leaders when it comes to the state of investing in the people who make up grantee organizations. The Center for Effective Philanthropy’s Strengthening Grantees study compares how foundation and nonprofit leaders rate the need to strengthen various organizational capacity functions, such as [...]

By | September 3rd, 2019|funders, leadership, nonprofit workforce, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pay Your Interns: 3 Things You Can Do to Ensure Internships Build Race Equity Culture in Nonprofits

By Yolanda Caldera-Durant, Vice President, Fund the People. For many aspiring professionals of color, unpaid internships and low-paying apprenticeships are one of the few ways they can enter the nonprofit workforce, but they simply are not financially viable. Moreover, their lived experience in communities is not fully valued by potential nonprofit employers. These conditions must [...]

Are Search Firms Doing Their Best to Practice Racially-Equitable Nonprofit Searches?

By Yolanda Caldera-Durant, Vice President, Fund the People Today’s nonprofit workforce is being pushed to evolve the talent that’s traditionally been tapped to lead and staff nonprofits. Professionals of color are more frequently being sought after to take on executive leadership and management roles. Despite this trend, nonprofits continue to have leaders that are primarily [...]

By | August 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments


By Rusty Stahl, President & CEO, Fund the People The other day, my Fund the People co-conspirator Yolanda Caldera-Durant and I took a break from co-working to enjoy a lunch of soup and sandwiches at a cozy Panera Bread in suburban Connecticut (it is at the midway point between where we each live and work). [...]

By | November 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

3 Creative Things Young Nonprofit Professionals Can Do To Advance Talent-Investing

By Yolanda Caldera-Durant, Vice President, Fund the People How can young nonprofit professionals advocate for talent-investing at their organizations? I found out at a Fund the People workshop that I facilitated at the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) conference this summer. Workshop participants were a mix of nonprofit and foundation professionals from across the U.S. [...]

By | October 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments