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Tag: Leadership Development

Leaving Long-term Leadership

Building Movement Project recently teamed up with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Fellows Network and Tim Wolfred an expert on executive transitions (who consults for his former employer CompassPoint in his new stage of work) to conduct focus groups with older leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors. The results can be found in Reports from the Field: The Next Stage: Leaving Long-term Leadership which offers some important insights that confirm our other findings. The Report highlights both the personal stories and structural barriers facing those who have recently left their leadership positions and those still in leadership who are thinking about their next move. It offers some of the challenges in leaving and points out how we need to move from seeing these experiences as individual problems to one that is collectively shared. Here, Frances Kunreuther reflects on what the implications of these findings are, both for long-term leaders contemplating their own transitions out of executive roles, and for the sector as a whole.

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The Pipeline Project

MacArthur Antigua, Director of Alumni Engagement for Public Allies, talks about how our recent Vision for Change report helped to accelerate Public Allies's "Pipeline Project"- an effort to develop their national alumni network as a strong, diverse, and reliable talent pipeline for public and social sector organizations in order to positively impact the lives of children and families in local communities. MacArthur and our own Director of Research & Documentation, Caroline McAndrews, recently hosted a webinar with participants in the project to introduce a new leadership assessment tool and discuss the findings of the report.

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Vision for Change

This report details the specific findings of our conversations with seventeen US social justice leaders under 40 who serve as the executive director or co-director of an organization. Our goal was to learn more about the experiences of younger leaders committed to large-scale change. It was clear from the interviews that they are driven by their commitment to their organizations, and wanted to contribute to a larger movement for social change. Yet, they face big challenges that shed light on the changing landscape of the movement and on the infrastructure that's needed to create sustainable managers, organizations, and networks for years to come. This report focuses on what it takes for these leaders to do their jobs and makes recommendations for concrete change that will support their visions, and help to build a stronger progressive infrastructure for all stakeholders.

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BMP Study Featured in Chronicle of Philanthropy Article

Our upcoming study on younger nonprofit executive directors was featured in a Chronicle of Philanthropy piece about what it takes to be at the helm of an organization. The report, written by Helen Kim and Frances Kunreuther, is based on interviews with 17 young executive directors about how they view their roles and what supports have helped them as they rose to the top of (or were brought in to lead) their organizations. Director of Research and Documentation, Caroline McAndrews, was also featured in the story.

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Independent Sector’s NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now

Independent Sector’s NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now is coming to San Francisco November 10 and 11. Register for this two day conference today and receive the rate of $150 before September 14.more

From Our Partners: RCLA’s Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service

Our friends at NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action is now accepting applications for its Emerging Leaders in Public Service Fellowship. The 2012 fellowship begins in November 2011 and ends in May 2012. Applications are due by August 29th.more

New Report from YNPN

Director of Leadership, Caroline McAndrews, recently provided feedback for this great new report on emerging nonprofit leaders from YNPN . Be sure to check it out! more

New Voices Civic Engagement Fellowships

the Alliance for Children and Families and United Neighborhood Centers of America have launched the New Voices Civic Engagement Fellowship to support civic engagement leadership at the local and regional level. The fellowship is designed to further support and embolden people who are leading community change efforts. Fellowships are open to any individual (staff, volunteers, community partners, etc) who can be sponsored by an Alliance or UNCA member organization.more

What Works

This report presents key factors that create good workplaces and build leadership in nonprofit organizations. Based on a survey conducted with Idealist.org, What Works offers recommendations for how nonprofits can support dedicated staff, build their capacity to lead, and deepen their commitment to the nonprofit sector at little to no cost. While it is true that generations differ in how they approach their work, there are remarkable similarities in what people want out of their job. The What Works report examines when leaders do their best work, what constitutes a good workplace, and how to improve on our ability to retain, support, and promote staff across generations.more

Leadership Development and Leadership Change

In partnership with Movement Strategy Center, the National Community Development Institute, and the Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action, Building Movement Project surveyed over 30 organizations about their leadership development practices and conducted 15 interviews with staff members of social change organizations in the Bay Area and nationally to explore the ways they develop organizational leadership and the impact on leadership transition. The themes and lessons that emerged from our interviews reflect the premise that organizational values, structure, culture and power inform and transform leadership in social change organizations, specifically those promoting women, people of color, younger generation and constituent leaders.more

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