Career and Professional Development

Here you will find ideas, tools, and resources on developing nonprofit employees, building nonprofit careers, and developing nonprofit leadership skills.

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Making Social Sector Apprenticeships Part of the College Experience

Eric Schwarz cofounded Citizen Schools in 1995 to offer Boston students living in low-income communities the opportunity to participate in apprenticeships in a variety of careers. Twenty years later, Citizen Schools has served more than 50,000 mostly middle-school students in seven states coast-to-coast, engaging some 40,000 volunteer “Citizen Teachers” in the process. Schwarz, who retired recently as CEO of Citizen Schools, sat down with Bridgespan Partner Katie Smith Milway to reflect on his Citizen Schools experience and talk about his new venture, College for Social Innovation, which he describes as “something kind of like Citizen Schools but at the college level.” Here are highlights from their conversation.

Hiring a Coach: Is it Right for You?

Numerous studies have shown that investment in high-impact leadership development can dramatically increase the odds of achieving or exceeding organizational goals. Coaching, in particular, is a unique opportunity for leaders to meet regularly with someone whose only purpose is to help them be more successful. In her latest column, Nicki Roth discusses the benefits of having coach, how to choose one, and how to get the most from a coaching relationship

What Training Do You Offer Your Fundraisers?

The question “What training do you offer your fundraisers to make them more effective at the sales side of the nonprofit world?” was posted by a member of Bridgespan’s Nonprofit Executive Director/CEO LinkedIn group. Here we’ve curated answers to the question from the group, which provide advice and consider the difference between fundraising and sales.

Turning the Art of Leadership Development into Science

When Good Shepherd Services merged with two smaller nonprofits, it compelled the nonprofit to take a more rigorous approach to developing emerging leaders. This article highlights the steps the nonprofit took and the tools it uses in its ongoing development of nonprofit leaders.

Effective Delegation in Three Simple Steps

Delegation is a balance between trusting others to get the work done while offering a sufficient amount of support to ensure the assignment is successfully completed. These simple three steps from Jerry Hauser of The Management Center can help nonprofit leaders ensure their goals are met while empowering their staff members to take on greater responsibilities.

How to Create Nonprofit Stories that Inspire

Good stories are always people stories, says Andy Goodman, a nationally recognized speaker, author, and consultant in the field of public interest communications and the director of The Goodman Center. In his second interview with The Bridgespan Group he discusses how to create stories that can move people to act and points out the biggest mistakes nonprofits make when storytelling.

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Stephanie Seale: Filling the Gaps

Stephanie Seale, senior manager/program developer at San Francisco-based Inveneo, knew from the time she graduated from college that she wanted to work in the nonprofit field. With an eye towards marrying that aspiration with her interests in technology and international work, she set about gaining experience in those interests and building skills that would help her progress in her nonprofit career.