Resources

We are pleased to share practical, intellectual resources from funders, nonprofits, and scholars across the field.

This page is organized to help you learn about: the deficit of investment in the nonprofit workforce; how to think about and practice investment in nonprofit talent; the value of talent-investing as found in quantitative evaluations; and qualitative case stories of foundation support for grantee talent.

Talent Philanthropy: Investing in Nonprofit People to Advance Nonprofit Performance
Rusty Stahl, Fund the People
Published in The Foundation Review

Generating Change: Investing in a New Era of Nonprofit Talent and Leadership
Arnold Chandler, Elizabeth Russell, & Kristen Putnam-Walkerly, Putnam Consulting Group
Commissioned by Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

The Nonprofit Talent Ratio: Final Report on a Pilot Study
Gretchen Upholt & Rusty Stahl, Fund the People

The Nonprofit Leadership Development Deficit
Libbie Landles-Cobb, Kirk Kramer, & Katie Smith Milway, The Bridgespan Group
Published in Stanford Social Innovation Review

Under-Investing in Social Sector Leadership
Laura Callanan, The Foundation Center

Nonprofit Challenges: What Foundations Can Do
Ellie Buteau, Andrea Brock, & Mark Chaffin, Center for Effective Philanthropy

The Wages of Peace and Justice: National Compensation Survey of Social Justice Organizations
Margi Clarke, RoadMap Consulting
Published by RoadMap Consulting, DataCenter, & National Organizers Alliance

Good In Theory, Problems in Practice: Young Professionals Views on Popular Leadership Development Strategies
by Dan Dobin & Trish Tchume, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

Smart Funding to Close the Leadership Development Deficit
The Bridgespan Group

Investing in Leadership to Accelerate Philanthropic Impact
Ira Hirschfield, Stanford Social Innovation Review blog Talent Matters series

What is a Leadership Funder?
Jim Canales, Stanford Social Innovation Review blog Talent Matters series

How Can Grantmakers Focus on Nonprofit Talent to Grow Impact?
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Investing in Nonprofit Leadership, volume 2: Inspiration and Ideas from Philanthropy’s Latest Frontier
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Leadership Development: Investing in Individuals
Leadership Learning Community and GrantCraft

From Leadership to Impact: Connecting the Dots – Five-Year Evaluation of the Flexible Leadership Awards
By Bill Ryan / Commissioned by Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Ladder to Leadership: Developing the Next Generation of Community Health Leaders
By Margaret O. Kirk / Commissioned by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Creative Disruption: Sabbaticals for Capacity Building and Leadership Development in the Nonprofit Sector
By Deborah Linnell  and Tim Wolfred / commissioned by Alston-Bannerman Fellowship, Barr Foundation, Durfee Foundation, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, and Rasmuson Foundation

The Pathway to Leadership: Lessons from Clinic Leadership Institute
By BTW informing change / commissioned by Blue Shield of California Foundation

Preparing the Clinic Leaders of Tomorrow
By BTW informing change / commissioned by Blue Shield of California Foundation

Connecticut Health Foundation’s Health Leadership Fellows Program
By Innovation Network / commissioned by Connecticut Health Foundation

Brief Assessment of The Irvine Foundation’s Fund for Leadership Advancement
By Harder + Company / commissioned by The Irvine Foundation

Creating Broader Impact: The Bush Foundation Fellowships – How Individuals Contribute to the Strength of Communities, Institutions and Fields
Susan Showalter and Vicki Itzkowitz / commissioned by Bush Foundation

Internships That Strengthen the Sector: The Cleveland Foundation & Buckeye Area Development Corporation
by Putnam Consulting / commissioned by Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

Keeping Top Talent on Track: American Express Philanthropy & the National Urban League
by 
Putnam Consulting / commissioned by Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

Developing Leaders for a National Movement: Gill Foundation & Pipeline Project
by Putnam Consulting / commissioned by Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

Helping Leaders Reinvent and Restructure: Haas, Jr. Fund & CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
by Putnam Consulting / commissioned by Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

Creating a Talent Culture in a Time of Growth: The Kresge Foundation, AchieveMission, & Corporation for Supportive Housing
by Putnam Consulting / commissioned by Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

Renewing Leaders for Long-Term Service: Durfee Foundation & Center for the Pacific Asian Family
by Putnam Consulting / commissioned by Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

Crisis Averted – Supporting Leadership Transitions: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Maryland Advocates for Children and Youth, & TransitionGuides
by Putnam Consulting / commissioned by Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

Re-engaging Proven Leaders as Interim Directors: Field Foundation of Illinois & Executive Service Corps of Chicago
by Putnam Consulting / commissioned by Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy