In 2018, we need to address the elephant in the nonprofit sector: our long-standing and pervasive underinvestment in our own workforce. Most nonprofit professionals work in environments where there the stakes are high and there are limited resources. We work with some of the most vulnerable people, animals and environments. Because demand for services are growing and resources are diminishing, the first thing we cut out of our annual budgets are things like professional development and salary increases. We work to improve the quality of life in our communities while paying little attention to the quality of life of our own employees.

Let’s collectively resolve to do better at investing in the people who make the magic happen in our sector!

Don’t know where to start? Not sure how to make the compelling case for investing in developing the nonprofit talent pipeline? Worried funders will think your organization is being selfish? Fund the People can help. They have tools to help change attitudes and behaviors of nonprofits, funders and intermediaries that support nonprofits.

Check out these Case-Making Toolkits:

Top Reasons to Invest in Nonprofit Talent
Provides succinct language and anecdotes that can be used to introduce the concept of talent-investing to foundation staff and board trustees and to communicate the compelling reasons for investing in nonprofit talent. › Read

Nonprofit Myths & Realities
Provides alternative views about some of the harmful assumptions that continue to inform nonprofit leaders’ attitudes and behaviors toward the nonprofit workforce. › Read 

The Investment Deficit By the Numbers
Infographic offers data on the deficit of investment of the nonprofit workforce. › Read 

How-To Guides:

Talent-Investment Menu
Outlines the different investment partners, key roles, spheres of investment levels, and where along the talent-investment continuum funders can focus their talent-investments. › Read 

Talent-Investing Across All Grant Types
Explores how talent-investments can be baked into all types of grants including program/project, general operating support, and capacity building. A grant in talent-investment can stand on its own as a fourth major type of grant. › Read

Who Drives Change in Talent-Investing?
Addresses two overlapping questions – 1) Who or what is the "subject" or "target" of the intervention? and 2) Who gets to drive the problem analysis, objectives, content, and format of the intervention? These are key questions funders should ask when considering how to structure their investments in grantee talent. › Read

And Discussion Guides:

Talking Talent for Nonprofits
Helps nonprofit leaders conduct internal discussions about why and how to invest in staff development, and how to mobilize your funders as allies in these investments. › Read

Talking Talent Between Funders & Nonprofits
Supports funders and nonprofits to explore the mutual benefit of investing in the nonprofit’s staff development. › Read


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