309, 2019

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

By | September 3rd, 2019|

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 [...]

309, 2019

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

By | September 3rd, 2019|

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 [...]

2308, 2019

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

By | August 23rd, 2019|

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 [...]

2911, 2018


By | November 29th, 2018|

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 [...]

1010, 2018

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

By | October 10th, 2018|

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 [...]

3107, 2018

Invest in Equity in the Nonprofit Workforce!

By | July 31st, 2018|

Posted by Rusty Stahl, President and CEO, Fund the People The perennial excuse for not hiring diverse people to top-tier, mainstream nonprofit jobs is that the employer could not find any highly-qualified candidates. We know [...]

2506, 2018

How Investing in People Directly Supports Programs

By | June 25th, 2018|

Nicky Goren, president and CEO, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation Most nonprofit executive directors have experienced running an organization where cash is tight. In my first foray as a nonprofit executive director, I walked into an [...]

2805, 2018

Placing Equity at the Center of Our Work

By | May 28th, 2018|

Yolanda Caldera-Durant, director of programs, Fund the People A few weeks ago I had the exciting opportunity to participate in GEO’s national conference on the organization’s 20th anniversary in San Francisco. Equity was a key [...]

2304, 2018

4 Key Results of Talent-Investing

By | April 23rd, 2018|

Emma Spalti, graduate fellow, Fund the People What happens when funders invest in nonprofit staff, and can it go beyond the individual to improve organizational performance and programmatic outcomes? Foundations that have taken the plunge [...]

2603, 2018

9 Strategic (and Inexpensive!) Ways Funders Can Support Grantee Staff

By | March 26th, 2018|

Marianne Philbin, executive director, Pierce Family Foundation Nonprofits tend to sink or swim based not on mission and funding alone, but on the talents of employees. Keeping good employees and equipping them for the work [...]

2602, 2018

Key Opportunities to Help Nonprofits Achieve Their Missions

By | February 26th, 2018|

Yolanda Caldera-Durant, director of programs, Fund the People When you think about nonprofits and their work, what comes to mind? Some immediately think about mission, programs, services, outcomes, impact, resources, and funding. Others think about [...]

2201, 2018

Investing in Nonprofit Talent

By | January 22nd, 2018|

Linda Wood, senior director, Haas Leadership Initiatives Just the other day, I sat down with a group of foundation leaders visiting from Australia. They said they want to do more to support the people working [...]

1601, 2018

Racial Equity is Essential in the Nonprofit Workforce

By | January 16th, 2018|

Yolanda Caldera-Durant, director of programs, Fund the People Today, we recognize the second annual National Day of Racial Healing. However, we still have much work to do in the nonprofit sector, and in our country, [...]

2711, 2017

What If I Invest in Them, and Then They Leave?

By | November 27th, 2017|

Rusty Stahl, president and chief executive officer, Fund the People Since 2013, I’ve been traveling the country speaking with funders and nonprofits about why they should invest in nonprofit workers. One of the questions both [...]

1409, 2017

Now Available! Fund the People Toolkit

By | September 14th, 2017|

MEDIA RELEASE SEPTEMBER 14, 2017  Fund The People Announces Fund The People Toolkit—The Most Comprehensive Guide For Maximizing Investment In The Nonprofit Workforce Toolkit features content to help funders and nonprofit organizations invest in nonprofit [...]

3107, 2017

Reflecting on Fund the People’s 2nd Annual Funder Retreat

By | July 31st, 2017|

Yolanda Caldera-Durant, director of programs, Fund the People We held our second annual funder retreat, Investing in the Nonprofit Workforce in the Trump Era, at the end of June in Sausalito, California. During our first [...]

2202, 2017

By | February 22nd, 2017|

Registration | Agenda | Accommodations (use code GRPFTP) To accomplish your mission as a grantmaker, you depend on the dedicated nonprofit professionals and activists who deliver social service and fight for social justice every day. People on the front [...]

2202, 2017

Conference Session – April 5, 2017

By | February 22nd, 2017|

Nonprofit Talent and Culture Summit April 5, 2017 On the first evening of this year's Nonprofit Talent and Culture Summit, Rusty Stahl, Fund the People’s President and CEO,  will join Mikaela Seligman, Principal at AchieveMission, for an [...]

2202, 2017

Field Story Webinar – March 28, 2017

By | February 22nd, 2017|

Tuesday, March 28, 2:00 - 3:15pm ET In an environment of high nonprofit staff turnover, frequent executive director transitions, a state with no budget (Illinois), the Pierce Family Foundation is committed to investing comprehensively in the staff [...]

2102, 2017

Keynote Address – March 7, 2017

By | February 21st, 2017|

VAFRE National Speaker's Forum Fundraising for Your Nonprofit’s Workforce: How Fundraisers, Executives, and Board Members Can Maximize Investment in Virginia’s Nonprofit Workforce Nonprofits do important work in our community. Investments need to be made in [...]

107, 2016

Funders Gather to Learn About Investing in Grantee Workforce

By | July 1st, 2016|

At the end of May, a group of foundation CEOs and program executives gathered in New York State to share how and why they invest in talent development at grantee organizations and across the nonprofit sector. They included funders who are deeply-experienced "talent [...]

104, 2016

Yolanda Caldera-Durant Appointed Director of Programs

By | April 1st, 2016|

April 2016 – After an extensive national search, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Yolanda Caldera-Durant as Talent Philanthropy’s inaugural Director of Programs. In this role, Yolanda will advance research, education and other activities that seek to maximize [...]

1703, 2016

Hewlett Foundation Declares the Value of Investing in Nonprofit Talent

By | March 17th, 2016|

The influential Bay Area-based Hewlett Foundation has released a new report Moving Arts Leadership Forward: A Changing Landscape, and the accompanying blog post What Do Arts Leaders Really Need?, in which they share their findings from research and insights [...]

1609, 2015

Celebrating Nonprofit Labor

By | September 16th, 2015|

As we celebrated Labor Day this month, several Op-Eds in The New York Times Opinion Page highlighted issues of engagement in the American workplace. First, Barry Schwartz contributed a brilliant piece on how meaningful work can increase [...]

907, 2015

“Philanthropy Hour” Podcast Interview with Rusty Stahl on Talent Philanthropy

By | July 9th, 2015|

June 24, 2015 -- Rusty was recently interviewed by Greg Cherry, a consultant and former grantmaker, on his new podcast, "Philanthropy Hour". Below we have re-posted the blog post that accompanied the episode. Be sure to check out philanthropyhour.com to [...]

904, 2015

Talent Philanthropy Launches Advisory Council

By | April 9th, 2015|

By Monisha Kapila, Founder and CEO, ProInspire This guest post was written by Monisha Kapila, Founder and CEO of ProInspire and a distinguished member of our new Advisory Council. We love this piece and thought [...]

2502, 2015

Fund The Leader vs. #FundThePeople

By | February 25th, 2015|

What does it mean to "fund the people"? Many funders will earnestly and forthrightly state, "when it comes down to it, we fund people." That alway sends a good kind of shiver down my spine. It [...]

2801, 2015

Opportunity Lost: 14 Questions About (NOT) Investing in Leaders

By | January 28th, 2015|

What if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had just marched up to the pulpit of his upper middle class church -- and stayed there, instead of marching into the center of the Civil Rights Movement? What if Rosa [...]

1311, 2014

You Can Make Sure Nonprofit Professionals Get Counted!

By | November 13th, 2014|

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released new data about nonprofit sector employment. Here are BLS slides with the data findings. Some important highlights: Employment for nonprofit organizations steadily increased from 2007 through 2012 Nonprofits accounted for 10.3% of all private sector employment (11.4 million employees) in 2012 Nonprofit wages accounted for 9.8% of total private wages ($532 billion) If we had data like this each updated annually by the government, we would be much better equipped to tell an impressive story: Nonprofit professionals compose a large, important part of the economy and society. We are job-creators. We are economic drivers as well as cultural, education, health and social service providers in  our communities. And our sector gets going when the rest of the economy recedes. Now is the time nonprofit leaders to take action. Here’s a Flyer that tells you how you can educate the Bureau about the potential benefits of counting us annually. Take a minute to educate the BLS staff by commenting on the Bureau’s website today. We owe this development to the ground-breaking research and influence of John Hopkins University’s Center for Civil Society Studies and the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. […]

1607, 2014

Foundations That Invest in Nonprofit Leadership: Count Them On Your Hands!

By | July 16th, 2014|

Rusty Stahl, founder and CEO, Talent Philanthropy Project Most nonprofit executives know their people are their best assets for achieving program goals and building a strong organization. Committed professionals, board members, volunteers, and consultants bring [...]

410, 2013

Study: Super Majority of Nonprofit Leaders Lack Opportunities to Build Their Own Leadership. And They Would Appreciate Foundation Support for This.

By | October 4th, 2013|

A new study from the Center for Effective Philanthropy finds that 73% of nonprofit leaders feel they lack sufficient opportunities and resources to develop their leadership skills, and that their funders do not understand the [...]

1706, 2013

The Era of Overhead is Over.

By | June 17th, 2013|

It's official. The era of "overhead" is, well, over. Today, Guidestar, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and Charity Navigator have issued a joint letter declaring: The percent of charity expenses that go to administrative and fundraising costs—commonly [...]

2002, 2013

The Talent Agenda: Why funders should support nonprofit networking

By | February 20th, 2013|

This post was originally published on Idealist.org’s IdealistCareers Blog on Feb. 20, 2013 as part of my Talent Agenda monthly column on that site. While we often talk about how networking is key to career development and job seeking, we tend to gloss over the importance of networking in the development of a strong social sector. Networks are central to cultivating a talented, healthy, and diverse workforce for nonprofit organizations and social movements. But how do we create and support these networks? This post makes the case for why and how funders should support you and your organization in developing high-impact networks. […]

1002, 2013

Are @NYTimes and #NextGenDonors Just Plain Ignorant About Nonprofits?

By | February 10th, 2013|

The New York Times shamefully no longer has a reporter assigned to cover philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. I believe the Times has also dropped its annual “Giving” section, a special segment of the newspaper that was timed with the charitable tone of America’s winter holidays. So now every article they publish about our field is written by a reporter who is an expert in something else for which the Times has a full section – business, politics, sports, etc. – and likely a “newby” to our field. And there is no aggregated place to read this reporting, as there is with weddings and cars. […]

3101, 2013

The Talent Agenda: How Can We Support Nonprofit Employees?

By | January 31st, 2013|

Is there really a leadership crisis in the nonprofit sector? In the first post on my new monthly column at the great new IdealistCareers.org site, I argue that the social sector has the talent it [...]

2611, 2012

Idealist.org Blog – More than a pipeline: a new vision for nonprofit leadership development

By | November 26th, 2012|

Thanks to Allison Jones and the other good folks over at Idealist.org for referencing my most recent piece on this blog on their blog! Here's their post: More than a pipeline. Given their large budget, [...]

811, 2012

Nonprofit Careers: Links in a Chain

By | November 8th, 2012|

Earlier this year I worked with Putnam Community Investment Consulting on a research initiated dubbed Generating Change when I was E.D. at Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. At one point, we were trying to develop a graphic image to represent how career pathways look amongst nonprofit talent and leaders. We called upon the commonly used analogy of the nonprofit leadership “pipeline”. Here’s a picture: Am I in a Pipeline? But a few things didn’t sit quite well with me. I had to ask: is the “pipeline” the most useful analogy? […]

1210, 2012

A Bottleneck on the Nonprofit Leadership Highway

By | October 12th, 2012|

A bottleneck is building-up on the nonprofit sector’s leadership highway. With many years of productivity and health ahead of them, Baby Boomers who lead nonprofit organizations face difficulty with the notion of traditional retirement. After pouring their energy and commitment into social change, they have a hard time imagining doing something different. After sacrificing earning potential and benefits in exchange for meaningful, world-changing careers, they may also have a hard time imagining what is next. And after the Great Recession decimated their nest-eggs, they may have a financially tough time walking away from work. Sitting behind them on the road are Generation Xers, who are stuck in the middle of the traffic jam in mid-career positions with few opportunities to move up in their organizations. Some of them have grown tired of waiting and created their own lanes – started their own organizations and initiatives when they could not assert their ideas or get their needs met within existing institutions. Then there are the Millennials, who are waiting anxiously on the on-ramps.  […]

1210, 2012

Hello world!

By | October 12th, 2012|

Greetings readers! I am starting this blog to share ideas and research from my joint fellowship at Tides Foundation and NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action. The goal of my fellowship is to [...]