Investment Deficit By the Numbers
At a Glance
Case Making Tool
There’s a gap between the type of talent-investments that nonprofit leaders want and the type of support they’re able to obtain. Executive directors say they value funding that helps them bake people-systems into their organizations, but can rarely secure such investments:
While 49% say they value overhead funding for internal capacity for talent management, only 7% say they’re able to obtain that type of funding.
35% say they want technical assistance to help build their organization’s talent management processes. But only 5% obtain such support.
Meanwhile, the likelihood of receiving support that is more individualistic, one-off, and external actually outweighs the value nonprofits place on such support:
- 13% say they value external one-off trainings, while 15% say they obtain it
- 22% say they value support to attend conferences/networking events, but 24% are likely to obtain it
Less than 1% of foundation grant dollars are invested in developing the nonprofit workforce
(Foundation Center grant data during 1992 to 2011)
Businesses spend at least four times more than nonprofits per person per year on talent development.