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Sustain Abilities

Sustain Abilities is a one-year, six session-course, designed for joint participation by executive directors and board chairs. This joint participation facilitates embedding the learnings into both staff and the full board. Each successive year builds on the basic topics covered in the year prior with intention of building board culture and staff/board alignment. There are 4 “advancing” levels, with an “alumni” opportunity which is an opportunity for agencies previously engaged to begin again if leadership has changed or if other members of leadership have been identified for attendance to assist the organization with embedding the learning. Two members (board president or designated board member and ED), partner through this cohort based learning experience, building communication effectiveness and implementation strength. In Sustain Abilities, focus is on more engaged boards, building board culture, deeper donor relationships, with a financial plan developed by the end of the program, working toward long-term sustainability. Such things as capital campaign readiness assessment, donor communications, and planned giving are discussed. The deliverables at the end of the program is a richer understanding of the success factors and an action plan for incorporating them into the board and staff “DNA”. (Outcome measurement provided by JDLA).


Next Generation Leadership Academy (Executive Education Certification through IU-SPEA)

Designed as ‘best in class’ training for executive directors who have been in key nonprofit leadership positions in our community a short time and those who have been identified as leadership successors for the organization.  The goal of the Leadership Academy is to build the leadership capacity of participants and thereby strengthen organizations. Modules consist of Nonprofit Management, Strategic Planning, Program Evaluation, Marketing and Communications, Financial Analysis, Human Relations, and Principles of Fundraising History.


Fundamentals of Nonprofit Management

The Fundamentals of Nonprofit Management course is designed to assist participants’ understanding in the foundational components of a nonprofit. Although staff and board members may have varying degrees of experience and expertise, a shared learning experience on the essential framework can assist a collective approach with the desired outcome of increasing the ability to effectively manage a nonprofit, thereby establishing and strengthening the organization. The intended audience is that of one consistent staff member (executive director) and a consistent board member (in most cases it will be the board chair) who partner through a “linked module” cohort learning of 6, one-day sessions covering such areas as: Governance and Leadership, Planning and Evaluation, Marketing and Communication, Fundraising, Managing Human Resources & Compliance, Volunteer Management and Finance. We hope for participants to engage with an inclusive lens so as to be mindful of their organization’s stakeholders and diverse potential client populations as they gain insight.

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