An unprecedented collaboration between 24 foundations and federations engaged the Bridgespan Group to explore how to build a robust talent pipeline for Jewish nonprofits and ensure a vibrant future for our community. The result is this report — the founding document of what would become Leading Edge.
Two key findings:
- The field of Jewish nonprofits is not sufficiently developing and advancing the leaders it already has.
- Many Jewish organizations don’t have the value proposition to attract and retain the leaders they need.
After many years of conversations among funders about the need to invest more in Jewish professional leadership, an unprecedented collaboration between 24 foundations and federations joined together in 2013 to brainstorm how to build a robust talent pipeline for Jewish nonprofits and ensure a vibrant future for our community. This coalition, originally known as the Jewish Leadership Pipelines Alliance, recognized the urgency of the situation: a large majority of Jewish nonprofit organizations – 75 to 90 percent – would need to hire new senior leaders in the next few years, but were struggling to find the talent they needed to fill their senior ranks.
The Alliance engaged the Bridgespan Group to explore the underlying issue and develop a plan to move from talk to action. In 2014, the Alliance released this report, which outlined specific strategies needed for strengthening the pool of potential leaders for senior positions in the field.
A Path Forward in Jewish Leadership Development
Leading Edge COO Mordy Walfish reflects on the importance of building a sector comprised of diverse leadership in this installment of a Jim Joseph Foundation series on Leadership Development.
Building the Talent Pipeline for Jewish Nonprofits
The President & CEO of Leading Edge describes three initiatives that the organization is launching to tackle the leadership pipeline challenge: CEO Onboarding, Leading Places to Work, and the Lay Leadership Commission.
Call to Action: How Lay Leaders Can Overcome the Jewish Community’s Leadership Pipeline Challenge
This report outlines practical steps lay leaders can take to help address the barriers keeping Jewish organizations from having the robust talent pipeline they need.