Our mission is to maximize investment in the nonprofit workforce.
Nonprofit workers are the bedrock of organizational effectiveness. Our communities, democracy, and economy all benefit when nonprofit leaders have the support they need not just to survive, but to thrive.
Indeed, investing in the nonprofit workforce is the best thing we can do to increase equity, effectiveness, and endurance in the social sector.
We invite you to join us in this important effort.
Oct. 2022: One way to get involved is to pilot our Funding that Works Academy. Our first course teaches the Fundamentals of Talent-Investing. By participating in the pilot, you'll get unique value for your foundation or nonprofit, and you'll help us improve the course before it goes public. Let us know you're interested by filling out this quick form.
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.