Investing in Leadership Volume 2: Inspiration and Ideas from Philanthropy’s Last Frontier

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations



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In Volume 1 of GEO's Investing in Leadership series, we reviewed the current thinking on leadership development and its connection to nonprofit results. In this volume, we shift the focus to the current state of practice among grantmakers. More specifically, we try to make a connection between the conceptual framework and theory described in the first volume and what people are doing on the ground. Our approach is to present concrete examples of grantmakers’ investments in leadership development and to draw out promising practices and lessons learned. This volume is intended for donors, staff members, and leaders of grantmaking organizations and giving programs who are thinking about how best to support the nonprofit sector’s most precious asset: its people. Our focus, however, is not only on the individuals who are taking part in leadership development activities. In fact, we are more interested in the impact of leadership development on their organizations and, more broadly, the results those organizations achieve. The question is how leadership development can be thought about, designed and structured to produce beneficial outcomes for organizations, as well as the clients and causes they serve.
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