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

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 is one of the critical challenges frequently cited by nonprofit leaders, yet funders tend to invest much less in the [...]

By | March 26th, 2018|funders, nonprofit workforce, philanthropy|0 Comments

Key Opportunities to Help Nonprofits Achieve Their Missions

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 the capacity of nonprofits to effectively and efficiently deliver programs and services to children, youth, families, adults, seniors, and communities. [...]

By | February 26th, 2018|funders, nonprofit workforce, philanthropy|0 Comments

Investing in Nonprofit Talent

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 in the nonprofit sector in their country, and they were looking for examples and inspiration from colleagues in the United [...]

By | January 22nd, 2018|funders, leadership, philanthropy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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 grantmakers and nonprofit executives ask me is "What if I invest in them, and then they leave the organization?” The [...]

By | November 27th, 2017|funders, leadership, philanthropy|3 Comments

Now Available! Fund the People Toolkit

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 staff as a strategy for improving the performance and impact of the organizations.   BEACON, New York—September 14, 2017—Fund the [...]

By | September 14th, 2017|funders, leadership, nonprofit workforce, philanthropy|0 Comments

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

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 retreat, I’d been on the job as director of programs for just two weeks. However, this year I had the [...]

By | July 31st, 2017|funders, leadership, nonprofit workforce|0 Comments

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 lines deserve and need support to not just survive but to thrive, get results, and endure for the long-haul. Yet [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|Events, funders, leadership, nonprofit workforce, philanthropy|0 Comments

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

Most nonprofit executives know that their people are the best assets for achieving program goals and building a strong organization. Committed professionals, board members, volunteers and consultants bring a vision to life and create value with their skills, passion, sweat-equity, relationships, creativity, grit and endurance. It is “human capital” that crafts strategies, goods and services [...]

By | July 16th, 2014|funders, grants, leadership, philanthropy, Uncategorized|1 Comment

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