Strong leadership is critical for effective social sector organizations, yet the sector chronically underinvests in its leaders. What do social sector leaders need to help them succeed and, just as importantly, stay in the sector? What can grantmakers do to support these leaders? This publication synthesizes findings from new research conducted by the authors and offers recommendations for grantmakers.
In this publication, we introduce results from a study that looked at two key questions:
- What do social sector leaders say they will need in the coming years to be successful?
- What role can grantmakers play in developing leaders across the social sector and throughout the country?
We worked to find answers to these questions by assessing where foundation funding for leadership is going, what the published literature says about leadership development in the social sector, what programs and resources are available for leaders and what leaders say is most important to them.