Working Across Generations: Defining the Future of Nonprofit Leadership

by Frances Kunreuther, Helen Kim and Robby Rodriguez


A range of ideas on how to approach generational shifts in leadership so that the contributions of long-time leaders are valued, new and younger leaders’ talent is recognized, and groups are better prepared to work across generational divides.

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  • Find out what the particular characteristics are that define each generation-and why these characteristics make the impending generational leadership transition different from any other.
  • Learn how this looming change poses individual, organizational and systemic challenges for the nonprofit sector.
  • Discover what the assumptions are about the upcoming generational transfer-and why those assumptions may be wrong.
  • Explore practical strategies to address these issues.


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About the Author

Frances Kunreuther is the director and founder of the Building Movement Project (, which works to strengthen the role of U.S. nonprofit organizations as sites for social change, and focuses in part on generational change in leadership. She can be reached at

Helen Kim is a consultant with experience in community organizing, fundraising and organizational development. She specializes in strategic planning, board development, executive coaching and leadership transition. Contact her at

Robby Rodriguez is the executive director of SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP) (, a statewide multi-racial, multi-issue, community-based membership organization in New Mexico. Contact him at

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