After many years of conversations among funders about the need to invest more in Jewish professional leadership, an unprecedented collaboration between 24 foundations and federations joined together in 2013 to brainstorm how to build a robust talent pipeline for Jewish nonprofits and ensure a vibrant future for our community. This coalition, originally known as the Jewish Leadership Pipelines Alliance, recognized the urgency of the situation: a large majority of Jewish nonprofit organizations – 75 to 90 percent – would need to hire new senior leaders in the next few years, but were struggling to find the talent they needed to fill their senior ranks.
The Alliance engaged the Bridgespan Group to explore the underlying issue and develop a plan to move from talk to action. In 2014, the Alliance released Bridgespan’s report, “Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders for Jewish Nonprofits,” which outlined specific strategies needed for strengthening the pool of potential leaders for senior positions in the field.
Declaring talent development a priority, a 15-member donor collaborative committed resources to form an independent organization that would take a sector-wide approach to address the leadership challenge (and opportunities). With the hiring of its first President & CEO, Gali Cooks, in the fall of 2014, Leading Edge was on its way to achieving meaningful and lasting outcomes for the Jewish community.
Leading Edge believes that people are the single greatest asset of the nonprofit sector. They are the fuel and the vehicle behind our work, and we must invest deeply in them in order to achieve the important missions of Jewish organizations.
Leading Edge works to shift the way funders and organizations think about talent, leadership, and culture in the nonprofit sector. We aim to influence, inspire and enable dramatic change in attracting, developing, and retaining top talent for Jewish organizations. We are committed to connecting and partnering with organizations across our diverse sector on the journey to becoming leading places to work. Through these collaborations, Leading Edge works to transform the Jewish nonprofit sector into a vibrant ecosystem, where organizations have the most profound impact on society.