Rethinking Nonprofits

In her former job at the Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service, based in Baltimore, Jane Leu saw countless foreign professionals--bankers, lawyers, architects, computer experts--flee to the U.S. and become cabdrivers, nannies and security guards. "There was a real need to match these people with their skills," she says. But her employer's "mission was limited," she says, and management wouldn't budge. So Leu quit, and seven years ago she launched Upwardly Global, a nonprofit that helps white collar immigrants network, prepare résumés and search for a suitable job.

Leu, 37, was anything but alone in her frustration with how traditional nonprofits are...

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