Strengthening nonprofit leadership is a key grantmaking priority for the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. We believe that the vision and skills of talented and committed leaders are the driving force behind the many nonprofits that the Fund supports, from small, emerging grassroots groups to large, established organizations.
Whether they are advancing policies that welcome immigrants, fighting for marriage equality, or reducing the achievement gap for students from low-income families, nonprofit organizations need strong and capable leaders on both the staff and board to achieve their goals for social change.
At the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, we’re addressing the leadership needs of the nonprofit organizations we support, and exploring new approaches to strengthening leadership in the fields and movements in which we work.
The following are our funding priorities:
Invest in the leadership of Haas, Jr. Fund grantees so they can more effectively achieve their social change goals. The Fund’s Flexible Leadership Awards (FLA) program supports a variety of leadership development activities – from executive coaching to board development, training and senior team development – tailored to the specific needs and goals of our current grantees.
Advance knowledge and learning about nonprofit leadership. The Haas, Jr. Fund is committed to sharing what we’re learning, while also supporting organizations and programs that are spurring new thinking and action to develop nonprofit leaders.
Over the last several years, the Haas, Jr. Fund has become a major funder of leadership development for the nonprofit sector. From 2007 through 2012, the Fund made grants totaling more than $8 million in this program area.