The Washington Examiner's Frank Sietzen spoke with Meyer Foundation President Julie Rogers about nonprofit executive burnout and the Foundation's 2006 Exponent Awards. To read the full article, see More Info.
WAMU 88.5 FM's Metro Connection featured conversations with Meyer Foundation's 2006 Exponent Award recipients in November and December:
- Listen to Meyer Foundation President Julie Roger's interview with Metro Connection host David Furst (11/10/2006)
- Listen to Rhonda Buckley's profile (11/10/2006)
- Listen to Betty Jo Gaines's profile (11/17/2006)
- Listen to Jayne Park's profile (11/24/2006)
- Listen to Kerrie Wilson's profile (12/1/2006)
- Listen to Jim Knight's profile (12/8/2006)
Metro Connection airs locally Fridays at 1 p.m., and Saturdays at 2 p.m., on 88.5 FM. Archived programs and additional station information are available at http://www.wamu.org/programs/mc/index.php.
For more information about the Exponent Awards, including details about the 2007 nomination process, click here.
As part of the Foundation Center's 50th anniversary celebration November 9, 2006, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the center convened "A Symposium on the Future of Philanthropy: A Conversation with Five Leaders in the Field." Meyer Foundation President Julie Rogers joined fellow emeritus trustees of the Foundation Center for the conversation.
Grantmakers, Nonprofit Boards Can Help Prevent Executive Burnout
"Even under the best circumstances, serving as the executive director of a nonprofit organization is a challenge. Executive directors are expected to have programmatic expertise, fundraising skills, and financial acumen. While advocating tirelessly for a cause, idea, or community, they must also manage an organization's internal operations, support and work in partnership with the board of directors, and represent the organization to the public. ..."
"Greater Washington faces a potential crisis with enormous implications for our region. Many of the most talented leaders in the nonprofit sector are leaving their jobs, and there is no existing pipeline to replace them. ..."
"Like well-meaning rich aunts, foundations are full of advice for nonprofit organizations and their leaders. From positions of relative financial security and isolated from the risks and challenges confronting most nonprofit executive directors, foundation leaders and program officers issue a constant stream of admonitions: Focus on finding dependable sources of income..."