Growing trends indicate an ominous “war for talent” within the nonprofit sector. As the Baby Boomers retire from their leadership positions over the coming decades, the small pool of next-generation leaders say they are both concerned and ill-prepared.
The demand for leaders in the nonprofit sector is growing, but the supply is inadequate. Most executives are pulled from the outside of an agency, and an alarmingly low number of positions are filled with employees from within an agency. This is indicative of a lack of mentorship and reinforces the concept of undervaluing employees of a charitable organization.
This deficiency coupled with the long hours and low pay are making the would-be executives think twice about waiting around – driving many of them to the government and business sectors.
Not only is this an issues for nonprofits to worry about, but it’s indicative of the problems within the sector as a whole, and offers interesting opportunities for change.