Training details

access_time 1 hour, 18 minutes

attach_money Free


People are the greatest asset in any nonprofit organization. By investing in the talent needs of your staff, you can increase their effectiveness while also making the organization more sustainable. But what does that investment look like? Find out how funders and nonprofits can work together to support and develop nonprofit professionals and leaders. Get an inside look at talent-investing in practice and learn how to use it in your own organization.

Talent-investment is defined as the intentional deployment of resources to support and develop nonprofit professionals and leaders. Join Fund the People to learn how to invest in the talent of nonprofit organizations as part of your strategy and practices. This type of support is needed now more than ever, due to the many challenges that nonprofits are facing in today’s difficult political and social climate. Curious about the answers to the following questions? Join us!

  • What does it look like to invest in nonprofit talent?
  • What types of interventions are available?
  • What works?
  • What are we learning?

Receive practical guidance on how funder talent-investments can increase effectiveness, equity and inclusion, performance, impact, and sustainability in nonprofits, and how to bake it into your work. You’ll also hear directly from a funder and nonprofit grantee partner about what talent-investing looks like in practice and what they are learning.

A welcome to:

  • Foundations looking to invest in grantees’ professional and organizational development
  • Nonprofit professionals (from entry-level to executive-level) interested in supporting their staff’s and overall organization’s professional development

Thanks to the generous support by Borealis Philanthropy, Foundation Center has recently launched a new monthly webinar series to further a variety of conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the social sector. This specific webinar series is free and open to the public.

Qualifies for
1.5 CFRE point(s)


  • Identify a series of best-practices for talent investment to apply to your organization
  • Assess your organization’s talent development needs and plan how to invest in your talent pipeline
  • Plan to invest in your nonprofit organization’s talent pipeline
  • Start conversations about talent development (both internally and between funders and grantees)

Intended audience

  • All levels of experience

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Fund the People:

03:12 Brief overview of Fund The People

04:20 What is talent-investing and why it is needed?

09:35 Inequity resulting from under-investment

12:12 Key Findings

13:44 Baking talent investment into planning

14:54 Customizing the Intervention

15:36 Talent Investment Menu

Community Foundation Holland/Zeeland Area, Talent-Investments:

22:32 Brief overview of Community Foundation Holland/Zeeland Area

23:06 How and why did CFHZ decide to support talent-investment?

29:31 How did you make the case internally?

36:52 What does your talent investment approach look like?

46:01 How is the foundation helping support exceptional leaders?

50:11 What have you learned? Impact of CFHZ Talent-Investments on

Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA):

51:55 Brief overview of Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA)

53:59 How have you assessed LEDA staff’s strengths and developmental needs (including your own) and matched them with CFHZ’s talent funding? How are you directing talent-investments?

58:32 How are you centering equity in LEDA’s talent-investments?

01:03:30 What guidance can you provide for funders and nonprofits?

1:08:00 About the Fund the People Toolkit Q&A

1:10:00 1st question

1:11:38 2nd question

1:12:55 3rd question

1:15:42 Fourth question

1:17:17 What's Next


Elizabeth Kidd Vice President of Community Impact The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area
Latoya Booker Executive Director Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA)
Yolanda Caldera-Durant Director of Programs Fund the People