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Nonprofit Leadership

Nonprofits play a multitude of important roles throughout our communities. Though organizational mission, objectives, or activities vary widely throughout the sector, Independent Sector is committed to supporting greater effectiveness in achieving those goals.  This section of the website describes various initiatives related to developing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on leadership.

NGen Program

Gardner Leadership Award

The NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now program, is an effort to strengthen the leadership skills and networks of under-40 nonprofit professionals.

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The John W. Gardner Leadership Award was established in 1985 to honor outstanding Americans who exemplify the leadership and the ideals of John W. Gardner (1912-2002), American statesman and founding chair of Independent Sector.

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Initiative For Nonprofit Talent & Leadership

Financial Security in the Nonprofit Sector

The Initiative for Nonprofit Talent and Leadership aims to create a set of goals and strategies that will serve as the foundation for a national cross-sector effort to better prepare, train, and sustain leaders to constructively and collaboratively address the complex challenges our society faces.

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Independent Sector’s study with TIAA-CREF Institute highlights nonprofit sector workers' concerns with their ability to prepare for retirement and implications for the sector on what it must do to provide long-term financial security for employees.

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