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Embracing Nonprofit Abundance with Nell Edgington

Now more than ever, society needs nonprofit leaders to break out of restrictions and claim our place in this world. We talk with consultant Nell Edgington about her new book, “Reinventing Social Change: Embrace Abundance to Create a Healthier and More Equitable World.”  Nell challenges us to embrace abundance and power as nonprofit leaders. We [...]

By | June 14th, 2021|careers, funders, leadership, nonprofit workforce, philanthropy, podcast|Comments Off on Embracing Nonprofit Abundance with Nell Edgington

Closing the Leadership Development Deficit – with Libbie Landles-Cobb, The Bridgespan Group

This episode features the work of Libbie Landles-Cobb, a Partner at The Bridgespan Group, self-proclaimed social sector “talent nerd,” and Fund the People Advisory Council member. Libbie’s research helps us to shift the narrative in the field from a “leadership deficit” to a “leadership-development deficit”. And the programs and consulting she offers provide funders and [...]

By | May 27th, 2021|careers, funders, generations, leadership, nonprofit workforce, philanthropy, podcast|Comments Off on Closing the Leadership Development Deficit – with Libbie Landles-Cobb, The Bridgespan Group

The Social Justice “Talent Boom” – with Deepak Bhargava and Gara LaMarche

New progressive social movements are driving a huge boom of new talent. But leadership development efforts don’t have the funding or scale to keep up. Our guests today are working to change that.  In episode 2 of our second season, we’re thrilled to talk with Deepak Bhargava and Gara LaMarche, who seek to build a [...]

By | May 18th, 2021|careers, equity, nonprofit workforce, philanthropy, podcast, racial equity|Comments Off on The Social Justice “Talent Boom” – with Deepak Bhargava and Gara LaMarche

Nonprofit Careers: Links in a Chain

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? […]

By | November 8th, 2012|careers, funders, leadership, pipeline|2 Comments

A Bottleneck on the Nonprofit Leadership Highway

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.  […]

By | October 12th, 2012|careers, funders, generations, leadership, pipeline, retirement|1 Comment