Building the Bench: How Philanthropy Can Sustain Nonprofit Leaders

  • October 28, 2014
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Irvine Foundation - One Bush Street, Suite 800, San Francisco

The Bay Area Justice Funders Network and Northern California Grantmakers present: "Building the Bench: How Philanthropy can Sustain Nonprofit Leaders"  TO RSVP

Nonprofit leaders are integral to their organizations’ success. Their talent, spirit, energy, and drive influence organizational impact create social value for the communities they serve. Yet investing in leadership development is not a funding strategy or priority for many foundations. Many funders question whether investing in leadership development makes a difference in the work itself. Does it help nonprofit leaders get better results for their organizations or is an indulgence?

Please join us for a three-way look at how the leadership bench is being built. Research from Rusty Stahl of Talent Philanthropy Project and Margi Clarke of RoadMap Consulting will ground our conversation as we examine how funders are supporting and building internal benches of leadership. Using social justice organizations as a case study we will learn about what these organizations are doing internally to sustain themselves for the long haul.

Bay Area social justice organizations, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) and Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) will join the funders to talk about their processes to create policies, practices and structures that make the work more sustainable and deepen internal leadership. Funders from the Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund and General Service Foundation will share some of the tactics they are employing to support deepening the leadership bench to both address the internal organization’s work and the external movement work.

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