Developing tomorrow’s leaders: Our approach to building leadership capacity

Organizational Effectiveness (OE) at the Packard Foundation has long invested in building the capacity of leaders. In recent years we have seen increased demand for leadership investments from our grantee partners and our program colleagues, who see this kind of support in a given sector or movement as a critical piece of creating lasting impact….

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What Does It Take to Support Leadership and Effectiveness in Movements?

The Haas, Jr. Fund recently convened two groups of grantees working on immigrant and LGBT rights in California. In the course of the conversations, leaders reflected on a range of tough challenges their organizations are facing in today’s charged political environment. Considering that these social change groups are pressing hard to rapidly develop new advocacy…

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Creating Next Gen Leaders and the Organizations to Support Them

Last year we were honored to facilitate an emerging leadership program for a cohort of leaders who were part of the Packard Foundation’s Conservation and Science portfolio of grantees. The project, which combined peer learning and mentoring together with an online “Emerging Leaders Playbook,” offered a new and entirely virtual approach to leadership development. The…

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The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: New Year’s Resolutions for Resilience

Guest blogger, Beth Kanter, award-winning author of The Networked Nonprofit books and the The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, shares her top 9 ways to help your nonprofit build resilience in 2017.

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Be a solution-seeker, not a problem-solver

Last week, in the opening plenary of the Stanford Nonprofit Management Institute (NPMI), Steve McCormick, co-founder and CEO of the Earth Genome, posed this question: “If a divine being said they will solve the cause you are working on, and you would get none of the credit- a rival colleague would instead- would you take…

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