by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld and Frances Kunreuther

January 20, 2022

This op-ed was published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. 

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The start of 2022 seems to be heralding bittersweet announcements from nonprofit chief executives about their intentions to pass the baton to new leaders. Several high-profile national organizations — including BoardSource, Independent Sector, and the National Immigration Forum — have announced executive transitions in recent months.

This is likely just the beginning. In a study our organization, the Building Movement Project, released today, we found that roughly half of the more than 1,100 leaders we surveyed were considering departing from their jobs or actively taking steps to leave. And that was from a survey we conducted just ahead of the pandemic and racial reckoning that took a big toll on nonprofits, especially on nonprofits led by people of color.


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