“Does philanthropy in the 21st century offer a viable career path for rising leaders with fresh visions and several decades of potential contributions before them, or is it a significant, yet temporary stop on what is sure to be a varied career journey?” asks Elizabeth Krause, one of the co-authors of “The One that Got Away: Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy on Moving up and Moving on in February’s issue of Views from the Field (a publication of Grantmakers in Health).
Elizabeth was selected to be a part of the 2010 inaugural class of GIH’s Terrance Keenan Institute (TKI) for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy.
“When we convened in September 2010, we began a conversation about what happens to emerging leaders in health philanthropy,” said Elizabeth. “We found that many of them didn’t, frankly, get the chance to reach their full potential despite desiring opportunities to forge a career path in the sector.”
According to the paper, the reasons why emerging leaders leave philanthropy are varied. Quite often they go into other places within the nonprofit sector, or consulting, after hitting that ceiling. Which brings us back to Elizabeth’s initial question.
The TKI class was eager to start a dialogue outside of their class, with more seasoned leaders, both about this trend and recommendations for curbing it. The paper offers seven recommendations for how philanthropy can begin to address and talk about this issue.
What similar challenges do the rest of you face in the nonprofit world? What are you doing to cultivate the next generation of leaders?