Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership

A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity

Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership: A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity

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Written by: Niki Jagpal, Ryan Schlegel

Date: March 23, 2015

Grassroots leadership development that is iterative, relational and inclusive creates new relationships, provides fertile grounds for movement-building collaboration and is critical to achieving positive social change. And yet, U.S. grantmakers continue to underinvest in these programs, squandering the potential that lies in those working for justice.

What are the common barriers to funding such programs and how can we overcome these challenges? What can we learn from foundations that are already supporting transformational leadership development, and from the recipients of such support?

In addition to answering these questions, this report offers five actionable recommendations for grantmakers to boost investment in current and future leaders of social justice movements.