Generally Good Stuff
The LeadersTrust is pleased to introduce its partnership with the Knowledge Hub, an initiative of Leadership Fellows New York. The Knowledge Hub team curates articles, videos, podcasts, and toolkits to keep nonprofit leaders inspired and educated, and organizes those materials in a searchable database. People can sign up directly with the Knowledge Hub to secure a weekly newsletter which highlights the latest materials added to its searchable database.
Investing in Nonprofit Workers
The Soft Stuff Doesn’t Have to be Hard: Foundation Investments in Grantee Workers are Necessary, Valuable, and Measurable
The current and chronic crises in the nonprofit workforce have made it even more urgent that funders help nonprofits to invest in their staff.
And one of the things that stops funders from responding to this urgent need is the “soft stuff myth.” This is the idea that it’s not possible to prove that investments in nonprofit staff lead to better outcomes.
To bust this myth, we rounded-up evidence from 13 foundation-commissioned evaluations. The data show that funders CAN and HAVE successfully improved impact — and successfully evaluated results — through various kinds of talent-investments.
LEADING WITH AN INTERSECTIONAL RACIAL EQUITY LENS
In this 2016 brief, LeadersTrust Capacity Coaches and staff reflect on the question what it means to lead in ways that advance racial equity including in intersection with other dimensions of equity.
RACE TO LEAD
From the Building Movement Project, this series of Race to Lead reports confronts the nonprofit racial leadership gap and provides survey data to show how people of color encounter systemic obstacles to their advancement.
DEMOS’ RACIAL EQUITY TRANSFORMATION
This report shares the inside story of Demos’ journey to transform internally and externally, including key components, process & lessons.
RACIAL EQUITY AND LIBERATION VIRTUAL LEARNING SERIES
Move to End Violence facilitators, Monica Dennis and Rachael Ibrahim, lead this 6-week virtual learning series to help participants integrate liberation and racial equity into personal leadership and organizational practices.
Crossroads provides antiracism organizing and training.
EQUITY IN THE CENTER
Equity in the Center works to shift mindsets, practices and systems in the social sector to center race equity. Services include convenings, working sessions, coaching, and training.
VISION CHANGE WIN
VCW is a team of experienced consultants who deliver solutions to social justice organizations including a broad range of workshops on topics such as racial justice, economic justice, community safety and anti‐violence campaigns.
RACIAL EQUITY TOOLS
This library of more than 3,000 tools, tips, curricula, research and other resources supports people working to achieve racial equity at every level – in systems, organizations, communities, and the culture at large.
FUND THE PEOPLE TALENT JUSTICE TOOLKIT
The resources in the Talent Justice Toolkit can be used by nonprofits and funders to increase their investments in talent justice at all stages of the nonprofit career lifecycle, including hiring, compensation, etc.
THE PROINSPIRE LEADERSHIP MODEL FOR RACE EQUITY IMPACT
This framework for professional growth centers equity in leadership at all levels.
Boards and Governance
Building Lasting Growth from Viral Moments
TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR STRATEGIC PLAN: TIPS FOR SMALL- TO MID-SIZE ORGANIZATIONS
Many organizations prioritize strategic planning with support from their Flexible Leadership Award (FLA) grants. In this report, Capacity Coaches and LeadersTrust staff share tips and insights from their decades of experience partnering with social justice leaders in the design, planning, and facilitation of strategic plans.
BOARD DEVELOPMENT: REAL WORLD INSIGHTS FROM THE HAAS LEADERSHIP INITIATIVES
The LeadersTrust (formerly the Haas Leadership Initiatives) has included support for board development as a core component of the Flexible Leadership Awards for almost two decades. This brief shares insights about effective board development and stories of three diverse organizations tackled the question: “What do we need our board to be – and do – in order to succeed?”
What does it mean to build a culture of philanthropy? This paper drills down on an emerging concept in nonprofit fundraising.
FUNDRAISING BRIGHT SPOTS
What can we learn from nonprofits that are beating the odds? This report explores common themes and practices across 16 social change organizations achieving breakthrough success in individual giving.
National study sounds alarm about nonprofit fundraising: Nonprofits across the country work tirelessly to make positive change in their communities. A new study confirms a major shared challenge that threatens their ability to do so: fundraising.
COMMUNITY CENTRIC FUNDRAISING
Community-Centric Fundraising is a people-of-color–led group of fundraisers and researchers who are committed to building more equitable fundraising practices.
THE ETHICAL RAINMAKER
In this podcast, Michelle Shireen Muri hosts conversations grappling with the fundraising questions that we don’t often ask in the nonprofit world.
“I’M NOT ASKING FOR ME”
In this video, social justice leaders speak from the heart on the challenges and the rewards of fundraising — and offer clues from the inside about what it takes to do it right.
COMPASSPOINT’S FUNDRAISING BRIGHT SPOTS LEARNING SERIES
How are fundraisers navigating the obstacles and opportunities of an uncertain and quickly changing landscape? Join CompassPoint trainers for their monthly Fundraising Bright Spots sessions: 90-minute online gatherings with fundraising leaders who share your challenges and questions.
INSIDE OUT FUNDRAISING
In this guide, fundraising consultants Mark Rovner and Alia McKee show how to create a culture of philanthropy by treating systems instead of symptoms, identifying five primary points of intervention for addressing problems and moving toward change.
A Case Study of Foundation Investment in Nonprofit Fundraising Capacity
This case study, part of the Grantcraft series, showcases how the Haas, Jr. Fund invested in strengthening capacity and innovation in nonprofit fundraising and provides insight to the philanthropy landscape and strategies for foundations, consultants, and practitioners.