has announced a significant reduction in force that its president and CEO, Dan Cardinali, characterized as "personally and professionally painful but absolutely necessary for moving our organization forward."
According to the , IS cut eleven of its forty-five-person staff just weeks after its national conference. The moves are expected to save approximately $2.5 million of the organization's current $10 million annual budget, NPT reports.
In a note emailed to staff and supporters of the organization, Cardinali explained that the D.C.-based coalition of nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs was passing through a moment of change requiring "difficult decisions." "We need to enable the experts, not always be the experts," Cardinali wrote. "We need to be more strategic and less structural. We need to connect and catalyze, listen, and learn. And, like all organizations, we need to be good stewards of our resources."
Without elaborating, Cardinali indicated that a "group of talented and mission-driven individuals" had been laid off, and that the organization would be supporting them in their transitions.
"Our strategy has a clear destination, but getting there will require an organization that is more responsive and adaptive," Cardinali added. "By making difficult choices now, we gain the flexibility to pursue new opportunities that will be, we believe, important to the sector we serve."