Staffing the Mission

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

There have been numerous discussions in philanthropy around “capacity building” and funding nonprofit staff structures to support the leadership of community based organizations. We are in an unprecedented period of nonprofit burnout and resignation, which can have a hugely negative impact on the organizations we serve. Did you know that over 95% of nonprofit staff report experiencing burnout or witnessing it impact a close colleague? 

Funders have a key role to play. Funder-induced scarcity, such as through a reluctance to support nonprofit salaries and benefits, has been a core component of the nonprofit employment crisis we face today. In response, Staffing the Mission provides skill-building trainings and workshops for funders on understanding this issue and tactics that funders can use to create sustainable nonprofit jobs. It’s work is based on its multi-stakeholder research and 2020 report. 

This workshop will illustrate the broader need for philanthropy to step into this space, strategies that can foster a greater potential of nonprofit success, and introduce a toolkit and framework for Staffing the Mission’s solutions for sustainable jobs in the nonprofit sector.



Betsy Leondar-Wright

Project Director and Senior Trainer

Betsy grew up in an upper-middle-class family in a mixed-class New Jersey suburb. Her book, “Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures” (Cornell University Press, 2014), grew out of her PhD dissertation research on 25 social justice groups. She is an associate professor of sociology at Lasell University. A long-time activist for economic justice, she was the Communications Director for nine years at United for a Fair Economy, where she co-authored “The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the US Racial Wealth Divide” (2006). Since writing “Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists” (2005), Betsy has led over 200 workshops all over the US on classism, cross-class alliance building, class cultures, the racial wealth divide, and economic inequality.

Cost: Members $35 / Nonmmembers $65

This program is open to members and nonmembers. If you are not a member you may register by contacting Mark McCrary at MMcCrary@gosw.org.

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