Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2011 - (Page 23)

THE COMING EXODUS How to Avoid Reaching the Next Generation BY JOANNE FRITZ the Nonprofit Leadership Gap THE COMING LEADERSHIP crunch in nonprofits has been in the news for some time. The retirement of the Baby Boomer generation plus the explosive growth of nonprofits in recent years promise a disaster for nonprofits as they look for new leadership. A recent study, Ready to Lead? Next Generation Leaders Speak Out by the Casey Foundation, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, and Idealist.org. probed this problem. The study asked more than 600 nonprofit workers of various ages what problems they find in nonprofit work as well as why they got into it, stuck with it, or contemplated leaving it. The Washington Post summarized the bad news from the report: Even as baby boomers retire, nonprofit groups stand to lose ambitious young employees who feel underpaid, overwhelmed by long hours and demanding responsibilities, and frustrated by a lack of career progression, according to a major study…. The sobering report....could shake up the nonprofit sector, which has been successful at recruiting recent college graduates but not always at keeping them. Many leave for jobs at private companies and in the federal government that often offer better pay and more comfortable lifestyles. As many as one-third of the workers surveyed said that they were interested in leading a nonprofit but most felt that they were not being mentored or groomed for such leadership. In addition, 69 percent of the respondents felt underpaid while half of that group worried that they would not have the money to retire comfortably. People who work in nonprofits generally do so because of the opportunity to do something worthwhile, but a worrying subset of young people may find ways of doing that good outside the conventional nonprofit sector. Attracting and keeping the next generation of leaders The report has some very specific suggestions. For current executive directors, it provides this advice: • Replace outdated power structures. Younger generations do not appreciate t r ad it iona l h ier a rchy a nd Third Quarter 2011 • 23 http://www.idealist.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2011

FROM THE PRESIDENT
WILL YOU SURVIVE THE NIGHT OF THE BABY BOOMER EXODUS?
A BOARD PERSPECTIVE:
HOW TO AVOID THE NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP GAP
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
ENGINEERING CONTRACTS 101 – PART TWO
REGULATORY UPDATE
THROWING MY LOOP
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ ADVERTISERS.COM
FROM THE CEO

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