Washington, DC—A skilled, committed, and diverse pool of next generation leaders would like to be nonprofit executive directors in the future, according to a new national survey of nearly 6,000 next generation leaders. However, the survey also finds that there are significant barriers: work-life balance, insufficient life-long earning potential, lack of mentorship and overwhelming fundraising responsibilities which may prevent many younger nonprofit staff from becoming executives.
The survey, Ready to Lead? Next Generation Leaders Speak Out, is the largest national survey to date of emerging nonprofit leaders and was produced by the Meyer Foundation in partnership with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, The Annie E. Casey Foundation and Idealist.org. According to the Urban Institute, there are currently more than 850,000 registered public charities in the United States.
The report was distributed to members of Idealist.org, one of the nation’s leading online nonprofit portals, and constituents of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services. Researchers also conducted six focus groups in four cities as part of the data collection for this report: San Francisco, California; Milpitas, California (Silicon Valley); Omaha, Nebraska; and Washington, DC.