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Key Opportunities to Help Nonprofits Achieve Their Missions
Yolanda Caldera-Durant, director of programs, Fund the People

When you think about nonprofits and their work, what comes to mind? Some immediately think about mission, programs, services, outcomes, impact, resources, and funding. Others think about the capacity of nonprofits to effectively and efficiently deliver programs and services to children, youth, families, adults, seniors, and communities. There are also those who think about how nonprofits can best advance social movements. Given the chaotic political and social time we’re living in, all of these perspectives are reasonable and valid. However, one perspective is conspicuously absent. When thinking about nonprofits and their work, why don’t we also think about the professionals who fuel nonprofit work each day?

Fund the People believes it’s important to bring together talent-investing and capacity building to demonstrate the key aspects of how nonprofits can advance their missions. The glue that holds these two frameworks together is nonprofit professionals. Read more...

— James E. Canales, President, Barr Foundation, “What is a Leadership Funder?”
Stanford Social Innovation Review blog, December 10, 2014

 
Investing in Grantee Talent
Grantmakers are only as good as the nonprofits they fund. And nonprofits are only as good as their people. Nonprofit professionals thrive when they are well supported and developed by their organizations. So, it is patently reasonable to suggest that investing in the human capacity of grantee organizations ought to be part of the job of every grantmaker.

Unfortunately, funder practices tend to make invisible the needs and potential of the people who work in grantee nonprofits, and instead emphasize strategy, programs, and organizational activities. Not only does this approach mean funders are misreading the real needs of many grantees; it also means they miss great opportunities to advance their missions. Read more >>


From "Guide to Investing in Grantee Talent" in Fund the People Toolkit.
Are you a funder with a talent-investing story you’d like to share? Let Yolanda Caldera-Durant know!
ROI, E&I and More...
Through our programming - and within our organization - Fund the People is committed to ensuring equity and inclusion (E&I) is explicit in our work. In the coming weeks, we will select a consultant to join us as we develop additional resources focused on equity and inclusion at the stages of career entry points, retention and advancement, and ascension to executive leadership/management. The consultant will also support our internal work, and help us advance our equity and inclusion knowledge and practices. 
 
We are working on a research report to document the return on investment (ROI) of investing in nonprofit talent. The report will share data around talent-investment gains and will be critical in helping to make the case for increasing or establishing talent-investments. The ROI report will be released this spring and will help to inform additional content in the Fund the People Toolkit.
 
Fund the People will also host webinars, educational events, and design a fellowship program. We are excited about the prospects for 2018 and honored to work alongside you to increase investments in the nonprofit workforce. We'll keep you abreast of our progress and welcome your comments, feedback, and insights as we embark on this much-needed work.
ICYMI... (In Case You Missed It)
We've been sharing tips, quotes, and data from the Fund the People Toolkit to assist funders and nonprofits with making the case for investing in talent. Check out our compilation of tweets that resulted in some of the highest levels of social media engagement.
 
In the fourth installment of our field story webinar series, we explore how the Illinois-based Community Memorial Foundation holistically invests in strengthening nonprofit professionals and organizations. We also discuss the impact the Foundation’s talent-investments have on the effectiveness of Aging Care Connections. 
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