Building the Bench: How Funders Can Nurture Talent to Build Organizational Strength

GWP Members Only Program
Thursday, April 28, 2016
8:30am to 10:00am EDT
Centre City Tower, Seventh Room
650 Smithfield Street
5th Floor
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According to new research from Talent Philanthropy Project, a deficit of investment in nonprofit leadership is hurting the effectiveness of nonprofits and their funders in achieving social impact.  From GWP’s Funding Outlook surveys, we know that many GWP members have a history of investing in leadership development for staff and boards of local nonprofits.  That said, nationally less than 1% of foundation grant dollars go toward developing nonprofit professionals or enabling nonprofits to better support their employees.

Join GWP for an interactive conversation about how to increase the impact of your grantmaking by ensuring your grantees have the diverse, high-performing and sustainable teams needed to achieve their program goals and missions.  

Our presenter is Rusty Stahl, Founder, President and CEO of Talent Philanthropy Project, a new national initiative to maximize foundation investments in an effective nonprofit workforce. This briefing will provide useful concepts, new research, and practical tools to help funders use their limited resources to support talent development in their core grantees. Together, we will walk through discussion guides that are designed to help funders have meaningful conversations about funding talent development both internally and with grantees. Rusty will be reviewing these same tools and resources at a program with our nonprofit community during his visit as well. Both groups will walk away with action-oriented ideas and resources that can be applied within their respective organizations and we hope that this set of conversations will allow funders and nonprofits reach a clearer understanding of possibilities for talent investment!

This discussion complements national conversations in philanthropy about organizational performance; diversity, equity and inclusion; nonprofit leadership; overhead and the real cost of running nonprofits.

This event is part of Talent Philanthropy’s ongoing Listening Tour. Rusty will seek to learn from you as much as he shares, and to facilitate opportunities for participants to learn from one another. In the last two years, Talent Philanthropy has presented funder briefings and conference sessions at Philanthropy New York, Southern California Grantmakers, Northern California Grantmakers, Council of Michigan Foundation, Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, Southeastern Council on Foundations, Council on Foundations, Associated Grant Makers, Donors Forum of Chicago, and other philanthropic and nonprofit networks.


·         Ask The Question: A Guide for Funders and Nonprofits to Talk Talent Together

·         Exploring Talent Investment: A Discussion Guide for Funders

·         Exploring Talent Investment: A Discussion Guide for Nonprofits

·         Lack of Training for Young Nonprofit Workers Means Too Few Potential Leaders (The Chronicle of Philanthropy – Subscription Required)

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