Baby boomers, Generation X, millennials … and, soon to join them, the eager young interns and entry-level employees from Generation Z. Today’s nonprofit organizations often have members from at least three generations jockeying for influence and attention in a single office.
Challenges loom: Baby-boom leaders preparing to hand over the helm (or not), Gen Xers assuming control, or battling the millennials for it; tech-savvy millennials fuming at the inefficient habits of their older colleagues, brimming with fresh ideas, and impatient for their turn at the top.
The following articles and tips can help your organization keep the peace and encourage staff to band together to carry out your mission.
October 20, 2016
Young Nonprofit Professionals on Millennial Myths
Seven young nonprofit workers talk about battling stereotypes, learning on the job, and what charities can do to bring their generation on board.
September 19, 2010
Generation Gaps Threaten Nonprofit World’s Harmony
As baby boomers, twentysomethings, and Generation Xers jostle for turf, nonprofit managers seek ways to bridge the gaps among workers of every age.
January 05, 2016
Advice for Bridging Generational Divides at Nonprofits
Philanthropic leaders featured in The Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 list offer insights into how to succeed in environments in which being precocious often isn’t seen a virtue.
July 22, 2012
Fledgling Nonprofit Workers Bear Financial Burdens
New nonprofit employees love their jobs, a Chronicle study of 900 people finds, but 65 percent are saddled with college loans and wondering how long they can afford low-paying roles.
June 24, 2012
Older Leaders Worry About Future of Their Nonprofits
Personal financial security and the prosperity of their organizations are big concerns for workers 55 and older, a new study finds.
August 11, 2013
Calling It Quits
Many veteran CEOs want to step down but are not getting much support or guidance from their boards or elsewhere, a new study finds. Former Girl Scouts USA leader Kathy Cloninger (left) says she struggled to find a role after retiring in 2011.
September 19, 2010
Clear Expectations Are Essential to Workers of All Ages, Study Finds
For young workers, the mission is most important, while for older workers, fair salaries are the key preoccupation, according to a cross-generational survey.
April 25, 2010
'The Kids Are Now Adults': What Foundation Trustees Need to Know About Young Board Members
Foundation boards need to reach out to young board members and listen to their ideas, said two young philanthropists at the annual meeting of the Council on Foundations.