Daring to Lead 2006

A National Study of Nonprofit Executive Leadership

Published in: GIA Reader, Vol 17, No 2 (Summer 2006)

Jeanne Bell, Richard Moyers, and Timothy Wolfred

2006, 36 pages. The Meyer Foundation, 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 360, Washington, DC 20036, 202-483-8294, meyer@meyerfdn.org

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A Joint Project of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and the Meyer Foundation, this report presents the five major findings from a survey of nearly 2,000 nonprofit executive directors from eight cities throughout the US: 1) executives plan to leave their job - but not the nonprofit sector - within five years; 2) boards of directors and funders contribute to executive burnout; 3) executives believe they make significant financial sacrifices to lead nonprofits; 4) concerned with organizational sustainability, executives seek new skills and strategies; and 5) bench strength, diversity, and competitive compensation are critical factors in finding future leaders. The key findings are accompanied by commentary, anonymous quotes by directors, and demographic information.