Investing in New Executive Directors, Part 2

Podcast S3:E3 (Published 09.21.2022)
This episode offers an inside view of the experience of nonprofit executive transitions, from the perspective of the former and current CEOs of the Online News Association. #TalentJustice  

Investing in New Executive Directors, Part 1

Podcast S3:E2 (Released 09.14.2022)
This episode explores Open Society Foundations' New Executives Fund, which supports new nonprofit CEOs around the world, with a focus on "historic firsts", such as people of color, women, LGBTQ leaders, etc. #TalentJustice



We seek to maximize investment in the nonprofit workforce.

Nonprofit professionals are the bedrock of civic life. Our communities, environment, and economy all benefit when nonprofit leaders have the support to not just survive, but to thrive.

Indeed, investing in the nonprofit workforce is the best thing we can do to increase performance and impact across the social sector. It is also a matter of ensuring social justice within the very organizations that work for social justice out in the world.

We invite you to join us in this important campaign!

The Problem

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 Symptoms

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.

The Solution

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.

What We Do

We deliver ideas, research, and practical guidance through our Toolkit. We educate and train through in-person and online events. And we build networks, partnerships, and conversations across the field.

Our Team

Our staff and consultants are diverse, experienced leaders around the U.S. Our advisory council is a coalition of diverse stakeholders concerned with supporting the nonprofit workforce.

Support Us

Our work is generously supported by a growing number of foundations and by donors like you. Every contribution helps. We invite you to make a donation today or contact us to discuss your interests.

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.


We offer the most comprehensive guide for maximizing investment in the nonprofit workforce. Our free, interactive toolkit helps you make the case for the value of investing in nonprofit talent, and supports you to advance your mission by integrating “talent-investment” into your work.

Use the toolkit today and share it with your network!

Talent Justice Initiative

Fund the People’s Talent Justice Initiative addresses talent-investing and intersectional racial equity at three key stages of the nonprofit career life cycle – access to careers, advancement to mid-level management, and ascension into executive leadership and management.

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