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Maximizing Impact: Developing In-House Talent at Nonprofits

Developing talent in-house is extremely important for nonprofits. Improving the skills and capabilities of existing staff members increases the overall effectiveness of the nonprofit, allowing the organization to make increased progress toward achieving their mission.

There are many ways nonprofits can support their employees’ professional development, so we’ve rounded up our top five favorite talent development methods:

Regular Training

It’s important for organizations to implement regular training programs focusing on skills that are relevant to their mission, vision, and values. These training programs can consist of individual and team opportunities, such as workshops or online courses. Investing in employees’ skill development has a positive impact on those employees’ ability to be effective members of your organization.

Mentorship Programs

Entrusting veteran and experienced employees to mentor new or less experienced employees is a great way to encourage talent development. Not only do these programs encourage knowledge transfer, but they also help to foster a culture of continuous learning.

Individual Development Plans

Implementing Individual Development Plans is a great way for an organization to support professional growth and development. Encouraging employees to establish development goals and regularly evaluate their progress toward achieving them is an effective way for employees to monitor their learning and make adjustments as necessary so that they achieve their goals within a specified timeframe.

Individual Development Plans can be overwhelming for organizations to implement. Check out our Individual Development Toolkit for a comprehensive resource that provides everything needed to immediately begin implementing Individual Development Plans within your workplace.

Regular Feedback and Performance Reviews

One of the best ways for employees to identify their improvement goals is to receive regular performance reviews and detailed feedback. These reviews provide employees with constructive feedback that can inform their decisions about their professional development, such as which skills to focus on or what goals to set.

Cross-Training Opportunities

One of the ways organizations can increase employee competence is to provide cross-training opportunities. These opportunities allow employees gain experience in and an understanding of different roles and departments within your organization, which promotes a deeper understanding of your organization’s goals, mission, and vision.


Implementing in-house talent development programs like the ones above will help nonprofits to establish a culture of continuous learning and professional growth. In turn, this will help promote your organization’s mission and vision, and allow your nonprofit to make a greater impact.


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