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March 01, 2016

How to Manage Several Generations at a Nonprofit

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.

Video
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.

Article
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.

Article
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.

Article
September 19, 2010

Tips for Taming Generational Tensions

How nonprofit managers can help employees of all ages get along on the job.

Article
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.

Article
October 13, 2005

Wanted: a Little Respect

Millennial fundraisers find age poses a challenge in dealings with co-workers and donors.

Article
February 03, 2005

Facing an Age-Old Problem

Older nonprofit workers fear discrimination from employers looking to hire younger and cheaper help.

Article
February 03, 2005

How to Steer Clear of Age Discrimination

Paying attention to language when interviewing candidates can help keep hiring managers from making a costly mistake.

Article
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.

Article
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.

Article
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.

Article
April 02, 2008

How to Close the Generation Gap in the Fund-Raising Office

Closing the generation gap in the fund-raising office

Article
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.