In addition, Common Good Careers Released a report, "The Voice of Nonprofit Talent in 2008." They surveyed over 1,700 the job seekers about their attitudes about finding a job in the nonprofit sector. 75% of the respondents said that change in the nonprofit sector is real and needs to happen specifically:
- "Organizations must change their recruitment practices to attract next generation leaders."
- "Organizations must change their employment practices to retain next generation leaders."
- "Organizations must do more to professionally develop future nonprofit leaders from within."
These two research reports have similar findings to other research reports in the sector--CompassPoint's recent report from the next generation of leaders and Grand Valley State University's NP2020 conference report which stated about the younger workers want in the nonprofit sector like mentoring and professional development opportunities and to be able learn more about all aspect of the organization they are working in.
In fact, we have had numerous reports over the years tell us about the leadership deficit and that something needs to change in the sector, yet has any change happened? I don't mean to be so negative, however I am still seeing a disconnect between what funders think nonprofits need and what the nonprofit organizations actually need.
For example, as much as I think nonprofit management programs and professional development seminars are beneficial for nonprofit organizations I still think there is a gap. Many of these programs and workshops are not providing the leadership, group relations, and systems thinking training that is actually needed to run an organization in this current nonprofit sector environment. All leaders need key leadership skills to understand all the complexities of running a nonprofit organization and managing people. We need real experiential based leadership training. But-- unfortunately many funders aren't trying to address the leadership challenges in the nonprofit sector -- instead donors and funders are wanting more accountability and metrics and think that nonprofit Executive Directors are over paid instead of addressing the real capacity issues.
This is a very complex issue and something needs to change -- so what are we going to do about it?!?!