In 2007, YNPN surveyed its then 10,000 members around the country to find out whether young potential leaders were leaving or remaining in their jobs, what preparations and support they needed to take on greater leadership roles, and how to best develop the next generation of leaders to replace the baby boomers. Some 1,657 people completed the survey.
The result: Stepping Up, Stepping Out, a YNPN report that identified an exodus of talented nonprofit professionals and called for new answers to frustrations around salary, career paths, and professional development.
Key Findings Stepping Up, Stepping Out
- 45% percent of the most skilled and experienced respondents plan to leave the nonprofit sector, although many intend to return.
- 48% percent consider lack of management experience a barrier to reaching an executive position.
- Many consider the ED role too stressful and hard to balance with a personal life. This may be the result of negative modeling by current EDs.
- Despite this, 33% consider it highly likely that they will become executive directors (EDs) in the future (although only eight percent think this will be at their current nonprofit).
For additional information about Stepping Up, Stepping Out, please contact:Trish Tchume, Director, Young Nonprofit Professionals Networktrish@ynpn.org; (917) 300-YNPN