Finding Capable Leaders for the Nonprofit Sector Ezine for Nonprofit Nonprofit Employers
October 2005


Capability Company is a leading executive search firm serving nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher learning and government agencies.

This is the fall edition of our e-zine, a periodic newsletter to provide information on personnel issues to employers in the nonprofit sector. I hope you find this edition's article informative and useful.

Rebecca L. Worters

In this issue. . .
  • Nonprofits Face Leadership Shortage as Boomers Retire, Report Finds
  • Capability Company Expands Into Central Indiana

Nonprofits Face Leadership Shortage as Boomers Retire, Report Finds
“Nonprofits Face Potential Labor Shortfall.” Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation Press Release 09/06/05. Reprinted with permission.

Nonprofit organizations will face increasing challenges in finding and retaining talented leaders as the U.S. population ages and baby boomers retire, a new report from D.C.-based
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) predicts.

The report, Investing in Leadership: A Grantmaker's Framework for Understanding Nonprofit Leadership Development (40 pages, PDF), notes that workforce growth in the United States has slowed from an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the 1970s to 1.1 percent today, and is expected to decline to 0.4 percent between 2010 and 2020. Because corporate America and the public sector typically offer higher pay and better benefits than the nonprofit sector — in 2004, for example, businesses spent $6.5 billion on executive training — a prolonged labor shortage and intense competition for top talent would be especially challenging for nonprofits.

Funded by the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation and the San Francisco-based Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, the report provides a summary of current leadership development theories and approaches, examines the connections between leadership and organizational performance, and discusses how grantmakers can be more effective supporters of nonprofit leadership development.

"Recognizing the challenges nonprofit leaders face, grantmakers are becoming increasingly involved in supporting leadership development," said GEO executive director Kathleen Enright. "We produced this publication to provide a framework to help grantmakers decide how best to invest in leadership development support."

Capability Company Expands Into Central Indiana

Capability Company is pleased to announce that it has entered into a relationship with Charitable Advisors LLC, a consulting practice based in Indianapolis, Indiana that focuses its efforts on expanding the capacity of the local not-for-profit sector. The partnership will bring a dedicated nonprofit search capability to central Indiana. Click here to learn more about the combined services of Charitable Advisors and Capability Company.

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