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Steps for Strengthening and Diversifying the Nonprofit Talent Pipeline

Accountability , Advancement , Diversity , effective organizations , Impact , inclusion , Leadership , Millennials , NGen , Racial Equity , Recruitment , Resources , Retention , Talent Pipeline , Threads 1 Comment »

"During the past few years, I have traveled extensively across America meeting with hundreds of nonprofit and foundation leaders in 37 states. Across diverse regions, there is a shared recognition that recruiting and developing diverse talent is a key challenge and priority for our sector."


A New Start

Annual Conference , Board Members , Diana , effective organizations , Embark , Future , Impact , Leadership , Millennials No Comments »

When I clean out my desk at the end of September, I will have been at Independent Sector just over 12 years. In my previous jobs I stayed for 5 to 9 years, a contrast to the peripatetic ways of many younger workers. My new beginning has prompted me to meditate on what happens when the most senior professional in an organization leaves. How does the organization move forward and how do the circumstances of the leader’s departure inform a successful transition? It goes without saying that executive transitions vary quite dramatically. So I decided to share my experience with you.


Wake Up, 2016 is Here

Civic Engagement , Democracy , Diana , Elections , Government , Nonprofit , Policy , politics , social change , Voting 3 Comments »

In these quiet hours of August you may be seeking a bit of refuge from the fast heating up presidential politics and the kind of issues we tend to talk about here. And you surely deserve a break. Sadly the reality is that an early and intense battle for the hearts and minds of American voters is well underway, and I would be remiss if I didn’t urge you to get involved now when there is opportunity to make a difference.


Going Farther Together

Advocacy , Charity , Civic Engagement , Community , Diana , Environment , Impact , Leadership , Nonprofit , Philanthropy , Threads No Comments »

The prolific Nature magazine essayist Stephen Jay Gould once paraphrased 19th century Russian thinker Kropotkin: “the struggle for existence usually leads to mutual aid rather than combat as the chief criterion of evolutionary success.” The notion of interdependency has been the subject of much discussion during our gatherings across the country, as part of our sharing with 15 communities the trends that we believe are likely to affect their work long into the future.


Doing the Right Thing

Accountability , Diana , Ethics , Foundation , Government , Leadership , Partisanship , Philanthropy , Policy , politics , Transparency No Comments »

It borders on cliché to say our democracy is only as good as the people who seek to serve it. But it is also true. Political candidates of necessity must be honest and transparent. 



Independent Sector is a nonpartisan leadership network of 600 charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world.

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