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in the nonprofit workforce
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!
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.