The Push and Pull

Declining Interest in Nonprofit Leadership

This report presents findings from our 2022 survey of more than 3,000 nonprofit staff on the factors related to their aspiration to top leadership roles, as well as the experiences of current nonprofit leaders. It is informed by the findings from previous iterations of the Race to Lead series, tracking changes in leadership aspiration and the struggles and supports of nonprofit staff over time.

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Pushed into Leadership, Hung Out to Dry

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Kunreuther, Frances, Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, and Tessa Constantine (2024). The Push and Pull: Declining Interest in Nonprofit Leadership.