High-performing not-for-profit organizations are by design, not default. They begin and end with high-performing individuals. Not-for-profits face some challenges competing for talent in the marketplace. Although the jury’s still out on how pay and benefits in the not-for-profit sector compares with the for-profit sector, not-for-profits may have a smaller recruiting budget than their for-profit counterparts. They may also not have the fully developed leadership programs that many for-profit corporations use to enhance the skillset of talented staff. As a result, not-for-profits may have a harder time attracting and retaining the high-profile talent they need to become that high-performing organization.