Leaders from the nonprofit sector and organizations that support nonprofits share their perspectives on the survey results presented in the Bridgespan Group's report, Finding Leaders for America's Nonprofits, offering viewpoints on what they mean for the nonprofit sector as a whole and, in some cases, for their organizations in particular.
Nonprofit organizations foresee a need to fill 24,000 vacant or new roles in 2009, according to a recent report, Finding Leaders for America's Nonprofits, by The Bridgespan Group. Yet despite the economic downturn, these same organizations anticipate challenges in finding candidates who match the skill and experience qualifications for the roles while at the same time looking like a good "cultural fit" for the organizations in question.
Bridgespan asked 12 leaders from the nonprofit sector and organizations that support the sector to share their perspectives on the report. Below you'll find their insights into what the report's findings mean to the sector and—in some cases—what the findings mean to their own organizations.
- The Quality of the Leadership Team Determines the Success of the Organization
Matt Bannick, Managing Partner, Omidyar Network
- Do We Over-emphasize Culture?
Jeanne Bell, Chief Executive Officer, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
- Invest in Leaders, but Don’t Neglect the Front Line
Daniel J. Cardinali, President, Communities In Schools
- Create a Systematic Way to Attract, Engage, Develop, and Retain Extraordinary, Diverse Talent
Aimée Eubank Davis, Chief People Officer, Teach For America
- Turn to Encore Careerists
Marc Freedman, CEO and Founder, Civic Ventures, and author of Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life
- Work with the Data
Peter Goldberg, President and CEO, Alliance for Children and Families
- Meeting Future Leadership Needs Will Require Multiple Pathways for Diverse Leadership
Carol S. Larson, President and CEO, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
- Support Investment in Systems that Support Growth – Including Leadership
Adam Myerson, President, The Philanthropy Roundtable
- Increase the Sector’s Leadership Talent Pool through Training and Development
Neil Nicoll, President and CEO, YMCA
- Sector-wide Strategic Intervention is Necessary
Wendy D. Puriefoy, President, Public Education Network
- Invest in Developing Leaders
John R. Ryan, President, Center for Creative Leadership
- Build Bridges
Judy Vredenburgh, President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
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