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Generation Change and the Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations

Posted January 1, 2005
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
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As the Baby Boomers edge into their 50s and 60s, nonprofit organizations will soon be making room for a new generation of leaders. Not only should organizations consider the generational differences that will impact leadership styles, but also consider that members of Generation X, now in their 20s and 30s, are a dramatically smaller group than the Baby Boom generation. This 2005 monograph reports on the findings of a study conducted by the Building Movement Project on generational difference in leadership in small- and mid-sized social change organizations. 

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Key Takeaway

If there is a real interest in sustaining and building existing social change organizations, we need to promote younger leaders.

A 2004 survey sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation of more than 2,200 nonprofit organizations found that 65% of respondents expected to go through a leadership transition by 2009, while just 57% had experienced a transition during the past 10 years.