CFSC releases executive leadership survey report
Locally and nationally, evolving societal, economic and political forces are challenging nonprofit executives and their boards to rethink the way they pursue their missions.
Local foundations, professional associations and consultants working in Southwest Florida are regularly approached by nonprofit executive directors and CEOs who share the challenges of their work and seek support to build capacity from within their organizations. Today’s nonprofit executive has more pressure than ever before to do more with scarce resources and increased competition, while donors and funders expect innovation and excellence. Our community is observing executive director turnover and transitions occurring in many long-standing institutions, and retirement of other seasoned leaders is imminent.
According to research by the Bridgespan Group, nonprofit leaders called leadership development their most glaring organizational weakness—by a margin of two to one. Further, many nonprofit leaders (including board members) confront the question of leadership development only when the topic is unavoidable—when they have to find a successor to a retiring CEO or when limited leadership capacity is beginning to hamper the organization’s ability to grow and thrive.
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is dedicated to making donor dreams a reality. This is accomplished by partnering with and investing in nonprofit organizations, and effective leadership is critical. To further understand the needs of local nonprofit executive directors, the challenges they face, and the existing resources they utilize to build their expertise and leadership development, the Community Foundation developed survey questions and distributed them in October 2013 to executive directors of local organizations with profiles inThe Giving Partner.
The Giving Partner is a GuideStar tool populated with in-depth information about local nonprofits, implemented locally by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation and The Patterson Foundation to help donors and funders make more informed decisions about philanthropy.
The report shares what we have learned from the survey findings, in addition to knowledge we have gained through data reported in The Giving Partner. Read the report here.