Working Across Generations: Defining the Future of 
Nonprofit Leadership


Frances Kunreuther, Helen Kim, Robby Rodriguez | October 2008 | US $29.95

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The authors provide 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. Giving context to these differences, they explore the current assumptions about the upcoming transition between generations in the social sector; introduce new ideas or frames for thinking about generational leadership change; and examine how this change poses individual, organizational, and systemic challenges for those in the social sector. In addition, they provide numerous examples and practical exercises to show how to address these issues. The book concludes with critical advice on how to communicate across generations and key recommendations for future research and action.


Table of Contents




Part One: Generations of Leaders.

1 Which Crisis?

2 Meet the Generations.

3 Roles and Values: Laying the Groundwork.

Part Two: Shifts Happen: Moving Forward.

4 The Boomers Are Leaving?

5 Solving the Crisis: A New Generation of Leaders.

6 Leading Across Generations.

Selected Resources.

About the Authors.



Author Information

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.

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

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



Recipient of the 2008 Axiom Business Book Awards Gold Medal in Philanthropy/Charity/Nonprofit