The Nonprofit Sector is a Critical Economic Driver.
The nonprofit sector is an often overlooked and important economic driver with its 10.7 million employees making up just over 10% of the nation’s private workforce. The economic strength of the nonprofit sector has increased in recent years and the sector is now the third largest employer in the U.S. Nearly 2 million nonprofit organizations employ 10.7 million people and produce revenue in excess of $1.9 trillion. A new, comprehensive study, “Arizona Nonprofits: Economic Power, Positive Impact,” reveals that the nonprofit sector generates more than $22.4 billion to the state’s economy. It is 8 percent of the state’s Gross State Product and ranks as the 5th largest non-governmental employer.
The Nonprofit Gender Gap Still Exists.
According to the GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report, in 2012, nationally female CEOs made 11 percent less than their male counterparts at nonprofits with budgets of $250,000 or less. Female CEOs at nonprofits with budgets between $25 and $50 million made 23 percent less. And only 17 percent of nonprofits with budgets of more than $50 million were led by women.
A lack of female leadership isn’t just a problem in the nonprofit sector. Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, touched on the gender gap issue in her TED talk “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders.” “The problem is this—women are not making it to the top of any profession, anywhere in the world,” Sandberg said.
Ironically, according to research by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, the gender pay gap is even greater in the nonprofit sector. Yes, the same sector which works tirelessly toward ending injustices, breaking down barriers and fighting for equality. The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management’s “74% Project” has found that a woman working for a nonprofit is making even less than the national average, at only 75 cents on the dollar.
We are committed to change this.
Take The Lead, founded by Gloria Feldt, a national expert on women’s leadership, is committed to changing that – and changing it fast. We can’t wait for leadership and economic parity, we need to seize it now.
Take The Lead Arizona is launching an intensive leadership training program for women in Arizona working in the nonprofit sector. This program is based on @Gloria Feldt’s groundbreaking book 9 Leadership Power Tools to Advance Your Career and the training developed based on the book’s key principals to support women to effectively lead in the organizations and community collaborations they are invested in.
The program, 50 Women Can Change the World, includes five, in-person training sessions, a robust online learning program, and executive coaching. Participants will be guided and mentored while they develop and implement their own powerful strategic leadership action plans and gain practical and tactical skills to better equip them to lead nonprofit organizations in the 21st century.Take The Lead is dedicated to providing solutions to the challenges that are being faced by women in nonprofit organizations. The program will promote leadership growth for women executives in the nonprofit sector while they advance in the sector.
Benefits of 50 Women Can Change the World
So, why should you participate in 50 Women Can Change the World program? The answer is simple- to give you a breakthrough in all facets of your life. If you are a woman, interested in improving your nonprofit career, then this program will inspire you and increase the value that you bring to your organization. Also, you will discover how you can embrace your power with intention, confidence, and authenticity. 50 Women Can Change the World will help you to network with purpose and negotiate with confidence. Participants will be taught the skills that will enable them to develop a Strategic Leadership Action Plan that will help actualize their career goals and to develop a Collaborative Community Action Plan in partnership with other women in the network.
Application Process and Deadlines.
Applications for 50 Women Can Change the World are available April 15 through June 3, 2016 at http://www.taketheleadwomen.com/50-women-program. The inaugural class runs August through December 2016.
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Thank you to our supporters.
Generous funding to support 50 Women Can Change the World is provided by American Express Foundation, SRP, APS, Freeport McMoRan, Copperpoint Mutual Insurance Company, Dr. Mitchell and Kenny Giangobbe, Veincare of Arizona, Frontdoors and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.
Take The Lead’s Mission.
TAKE THE LEAD prepares, develops, inspires and propels women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. It’s today’s women’s movement — a unique catalyst for women to embrace power and reach leadership parity. #2025NOT2095
Sources and Notes.
The 2015 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey™
Salamon, LM, SW Sokolowski and SL Geller. Holding the Fort: Nonprofit employment during a decade of turmoil. Nonprofit Employment Bulletin 39, Johns Hopkins University. January 2012.
Arizona Nonprofits: Economic Power, Positive Impact, reveals the sizable contribution that Arizona’s large and diverse nonprofit sector makes to everyday life and to the prosperity of Arizona. The research was conducted by ASU’s Seidman Research Institute in partnership with the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation, andThe Phoenix Philanthropy Group. Funding was provided by the Arizona Community Foundation, APS and the Industrial Development Authority of Maricopa County.
Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University