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Research on Careers and Leadership

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Nationally, the nonprofit sector employs nearly 12 million people in the U.S. The sector is experiencing strong growth, particularly in health care, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and elder care.  For example, the Department of Labor projects that employment of social and community service managers will grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average growth for all occupations.

While our communities will always need the services provided by charitable organizations, the sector still faces unanswered questions about the talent staffing these nonprofits:

  • How can we support leadership development with limited resources?
  • How can we persuade millennial and Gen Z workers to enter into nonprofit careers?
  • How do we compete with the for-profit sector for talent?
  • How can the sector handle the retirement of baby boomers?

Below we’ve compiled information about trends in nonprofit leadership, salary comparisons, education thresholds needed for certain careers, and local developments around leadership development.

Research about Nonprofit Careers and Leadership

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Findings from the Leadership Development Project

Research into leadership in Washington State.

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