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How to Bake-In Talent-Investing to Strengthen the Nonprofit Workforce

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
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Fund the People will help PSO funder members better understand how to bake-in talent-investing - the intentional deployment of resources to support and develop nonprofit professionals and leaders - into their strategy and grantmaking.

  • What does it look like, concretely, to invest in nonprofit talent?
  • What types of interventions are available?
  • What works?

Receive practical guidance on how funder talent-investments can increase equity and inclusion, performance, impact, and sustainability in nonprofits, and how to embed it into your work. Also, hear from a funder and nonprofit grantee partner about how talent-investing looks in practice.

In advance of the webinar you are encouraged to review the Glossary of Terms, Guide to Investing in Grantee Talent, Talent-Investment Menu, and Investing in Equity Inside the Nonprofit Workforce from the free Fund the People Toolkit.  


About Fund the People

Fund the People is the campaign to maximize investment in the nonprofit workforce. Headquartered in Beacon, New York, Fund the People is a project of Community Partners. Fund the People is supported by philanthropies including Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bush Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Durfee Foundation, Ford Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Learn more at


Yolanda Caldera-Durant, Director of Programs, Fund the People
Yolanda Caldera-Durant is responsible for overseeing educational programming, events, resources, and research efforts targeted to building a strong, diverse, inclusive, and sustainable nonprofit sector. Previously, Yolanda was senior program officer on health equity issues and, concurrently, program director of the statewide Health Leadership Fellows Program at the Connecticut Health Foundation. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut’s Nonprofit Management Program, program associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and program director at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. Yolanda holds an M.S. degree in nonprofit management from the New School University and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Connecticut. 

Neesha B. Modi, Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation
Neesha B. Modi is a program officer with The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit program. Before joining Kresge, Neesha worked at Deloitte Consulting in Detroit, where she led talent strategy and culture transformation work. She also helped lead that office’s Deloitte Center for Leadership and Community, which focused on capacity building for local nonprofit executives. Neesha has also held positions with Accenture Consulting and the Civic Consulting Alliance. Neesha earned a dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources and the Environment. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management from Michigan State University.

Isabelle Moses, Director, Community Wealth Partners
As a director, Isabelle Moses partners with senior leadership teams, provides coaching and strategic direction, and supports the overall growth and development of the firm. Her expertise includes developing leaders and managers, designing organizational strategies, guiding culture transformation, and supporting leaders to manage change. Isabelle previously served as a senior consultant with Community Wealth Partners (2010 – 2012) and was most recently a partner with The Management Center, where she coached and trained social justice leaders to run more effective organizations. Isabelle’s prior experience includes consulting roles with Accenture and Eagle Hill Consulting. Isabelle holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Georgetown University, and is a certified leadership coach from Georgetown’s Institute for Transformational Leadership.

Sarida Scott, Executive Director, Community Development Advocates of Detroit
Sarida Scott has served as the Executive Director for CDAD since September 2012. Prior to coming to CDAD, she worked at Michigan Community Resources, holding positions as Legal Director and Chief Program Officer. She has worked in the community development industry and local government, combined, for more than fifteen years. Sarida received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.S. in Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Sarida’s work experience has been concentrated in the areas of nonprofit legal compliance, education and community engagement. Additionally, she has served on a number of boards and is currently serving as a board member for the Mercy Education Project, the Michigan League for Public Policy and Heritage Works. Sarida is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program. She lives in Detroit with her husband and daughter.