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

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 a vision to life and create value with their skills, passion, sweat-equity, relationships, creativity, grit, and endurance. It is “human [...]

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

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

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 nature of this challenge. Seventy-three percent.  This issue is one of three key issues in the top findings. Of those [...]

By | October 4th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Era of Overhead is Over.

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 referred to as “overhead”—is a poor measure of a charity’s performance. We ask you to pay attention to other factors of nonprofit [...]

By | June 17th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Talent Agenda: Why funders should support nonprofit networking

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. […]

By | February 20th, 2013|Uncategorized|1 Comment

The Talent Agenda: How Can We Support Nonprofit Employees?

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 needs to do great work, but foundations and organizations need to invest more in developing nonprofit employees and their careers. [...]

By | January 31st, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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, they were able to percure much better graphics than me :) Excited to have this blog featured on the website of [...]

By | November 26th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hello world!

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 examine if and how funders can increase effectiveness by investing in the human capital of the social sector and social [...]

By | October 12th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments