We work toward a people-powered social sector distinguished by equity, effectiveness, and endurance.
Fund the People is the national initiative to maximize investment in America's nonprofit workforce. Our goal is to bring about widespread adoption of talent-investing by influential funders and nonprofits.
There is a gaping deficit of investment in the nonprofit workforce. Foundations use only 1% of grant dollars to support staff development in grantee organizations, and nonprofits have little incentive or capital to invest in their people.
The investment deficit creates a bottleneck in nonprofit leadership. Too many diverse, talented leaders never join the field, remain stuck in neutral or simply burn-out. This situation is an existential threat to nonprofit performance, impact and sustainability.
We need to replace the old myths of overhead and martyrdom with a positive new mindset that lifts up the dignity and powerful contributions of nonprofit workers. And we need to make talent-investment a widespread practice in grantmaking, fundraising, and nonprofit management.
Our 3-Part Strategy
to increase foundation investments in the non-profit workforce
Make The Case
We show how investing in the nonprofit workforce yields improved performance, impact and sustainability at the individual, organizational, and field levels.
Equip For Action
We encourage and support funders and nonprofits to integrate talent investing into their grantmaking and fundraising practices.
Build A Movement
We organize among our colleagues and spread enthusiasm for the nonprofit talent agenda.