Daring to Lead 2006
A National Study of Nonprofit Executive Leadership
Daring to Lead 2006 (643Kb)
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.