Equipping nonprofits to advance social change

Tag: Gen X

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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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

Up Next

In late 2002, the Building Movement Project conducted a survey with leaders in community-based nonprofits to identify core generational values, and variations in leadership style, in order to assess "best practices" for facilitating smooth transition of leadership. In 2004, the study was presented to groups of young leaders around the country. Their reactions and reflections accompany original survey findings in the final Up Next report, along with suggested methods for successful, productive changes in leadership. more