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Study: Nonprofit Managers Looking For the Door

Nonprofit executives aren’t too happy with their positions, according to a new survey from CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and the Meyer Foundation. The report, called “Daring to Lead 2011: A National Study of Nonprofit Executive Leadership,” shows that nearly two-thirds of nonprofit managers plan to leave their jobs within the next five years.

One of the biggest concerns these executives have remains their boards. The survey reports that only one-fifth of respondents think their boards are doing a good job. In particular, executives are not confident their board of directors have a plan to pick new leaders. In addition, they believe they are still being cautious with the budget following the recession. The survey states that 65% of executives believe that significant levels of recession-related anxiety remain, though this directly related with the amount of cash reserves on hand. For example, those organizations with more than 6 months of reserves reported anxiety at only 15%, as opposed to 33% with only one month of reserves.

You can read about the whole report on The NonProfit Times website. What are your thoughts on it? Have you been noticing similar feelings of anxiety at your organization? Leave your comments below.

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