Equipping nonprofits to advance social change

Tag: Multiple Generations

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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Structuring Leadership

This report sets out to identify and document models of distributed leadership with a focus on increasing organizational impact. Our interest was to find operating structures that address potential barriers to effectiveness, including the growing demands on executives running nonprofits, the current realities of a multigenerational workforce where older leaders will stay longer, and the expectations and work style of new generations coming into the workplace with a strong team orientation. This paper outlines the foundations, practices, and results of distributed leadership and suggests directions for further research. 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