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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