Annenberg Alchemy is a free capacity building and leadership development program designed to strengthen the sustainability of Los Angeles County-based nonprofits. The Annenberg Foundation provides this opportunity to over 140 nonprofit organizations a year. To date, over 1,400 nonprofit executive directors, board chairpersons and board members from 600 nonprofit organizations have participated. The programs are built around the belief that staff and board leaders aligned in common purpose can transform nonprofit organizations. Therefore, for all of the Alchemy trainings, the Executive Director and Board Chair must attend all sessions together. Among the central issues addressed are fundraising, board effectiveness, civic engagement and accountability. In addition to a robust curriculum and intensive learning sessions, participants are connected to a network of local practitioners and given implementation tools, mentorship and an ongoing opportunity to share best practices and innovative strategies.
The first step for interested nonprofit organizations is to apply and complete Leadership Seminar, Alchemy’s signature course. The application process opens in September, with sessions beginning in January. After successfully completing the Leadership Seminar, alumni can apply to a higher level course comprised of four highly participatory sessions offered every other month. Applications for Alchemy+ are accepted beginning in May, with sessions beginning in September. Successful completion of both programs qualifies an organization to receive a capacity building grant up to $10,000!