Giving Compass' Take:

• Daniel Bernhard from the Toronto consulting agency Mushroom Cloud discusses ways that nonprofits can attract younger talent to their ranks: Embrace innovation.

• How many organizations are stuck in a rut, devoted to the same old ways of doing things? It's important to push past these barriers in order to get a new generation of social changemakers energized.

Here's how to recruit nonprofit boardmembers with purpose

The fact that the sector has persistently failed to grapple with its talent problem is evidence of poor management, itself a symptom of poor talent. If leaders can’t get a talented team in place, they fail their beneficiaries, their donors, and the general public that handsomely subsidizes their activities based on the (seemingly false) premise that these activities are delivering public good.

It’s a vicious cycle: poor managers fail to develop high-performing teams and neglect to groom successors, resulting in more poor managers, and so on and so forth.

Anybody with experience in the nonprofit sector can attest to the severe shortage of talented management, including in foundations. These leaders are famously resistant to innovation, even after 35 years of warnings that turning their backs on new ideas hurts the vulnerable people these same executives are supposed to be helping. They famously lack long-term vision and ambition to pursue lasting impact over time.

Would you want to work for managers who suppress and ignore new ideas that could help your team succeed? Would you want to work with people who are content to stay in that environment for years and years on end?

Read the full article about fixing dysfunction in nonprofits by Daniel Bernhard at