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In this blog, at www.nonprofitalternatives.org, Heather Carpenter writes about nonprofit leadership, nonprofit careers, the nonprofit workforce, nonprofit technology, and nonprofit management education.

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The Alliance for Nonprofit Management is the national voice and catalyst for the field of capacity building. they improve the effectiveness of individuals, groups, and organizations helping nonprofits and communities achieve positive social change.

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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!

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization, dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. It was established in 1948 by Jim Casey, one of the founders of UPS, and his siblings, who named the Foundation in honor of their mother.

The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation makes grants that help states, cities and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs.

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The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.

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The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) offers what no one else can: an exclusive focus on leadership education and research and unparalleled expertise in solving the leadership challenges of individuals and organizations everywhere. We equip clients around the world with the skills and insight to achieve more than they thought possible through creative leadership.

What is creative leadership? It’s the capacity to think and act beyond the boundaries that limit our effectiveness. Every leader and organization faces obstacles that are difficult to surmount – from corporate executives confronting the complex global marketplace to educators trying to lift student achievement to nonprofit groups and government agencies addressing critical social issues with tight budgets.

CCL believes that solutions to these challenges exist — and for over 40 years we have helped clients unlock them through creative leadership. We believe leaders are made, not born, and that they can adapt and change. We believe that strong interpersonal skills, grounded in personal reflection and self-awareness, are the key to effective leadership.

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Since 1979, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement has strengthened, promoted and represented its member nonprofit organizations throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. We connect our members to the tools and resources they need to meet their missions.

Center members are a diverse group of large and small nonprofits serving communities in Greater Washington, across the nation and around the world. As a Center member you can depend on us for:

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CompassPoint intensifies the impact of fellow nonprofit leaders, organizations, and networks as we achieve social equity together. We believe that nonprofit organizations and leaders need relevant support that builds on their strengths, experiences, and achievements and that those individuals and organizations that invest in increasing their leadership and management capacities are better poised to achieve progress.

For over 35 years, CompassPoint has worked to carry out this purpose by guiding nonprofits as they become better managed, more adaptive, and achieve higher impact. With our 24 staff working in San Francisco, the East Bay, Silicon Valley, and beyond, we strengthen today’s leaders, and are helping to grow a healthy pipeline of diverse leaders for the future. We influence the dialogue about policies, emerging practices, and the resources needed for nonprofits to create change. And we convene partners, link fields, and strengthen networks that accomplish more by working together.

We use the following approaches to achieve our community goals: Our integrated practice offers the strongest teaching, coaching, consulting, and peer learning—all grounded in deep nonprofit leadership experience. We partner with leaders, cultivating and supporting them at every level within nonprofit organizations and across the sector. We believe that leaders exist at all levels and can influence an organization or network regardless of title or tenure. And as a multicultural organization, CompassPoint is responsive to the needs of diverse leaders and communities.

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The Free Management Library provides free, easy-to-access, online articles to develop yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations (whether the organization is for-profit or nonprofit). Over the past 15 years, the Library has grown to be one of the world’s largest well-organized collections of these types of articles and resources.

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Management is responsible to ensure that the organization continually has high-quality operations and employees. One of the most important practices to meet this responsibility is to conduct successful succession planning.  Find out more here.

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Established in 1990 as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute furthers its mission to strengthen and inspire the leadership of the social sector and their partners in business and government by connecting the public, private and social sectors with curated resources and relationships to serve, evolve and lead together.

By fostering leadership grounded in

• the passion to serve
• the discipline to listen
• the courage to question
• and the spirit to include
we work to create an open, responsive, global social sector.

We share wisdom cultivated over two decades— from our groundbreaking work as both the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management and the Leader to Leader Institute—guided by the vision, commitment and spark of Frances Hesselbein.

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The nationally recognized Rockwood Leadership Institute specializes in delivering the best practices and methodologies in leadership development to the nonprofit community.

Since 2000, Rockwood has trained nearly 3,000 leaders from thousands of organizations in the United States, Canada, and Israel.

We have a vision:

  • Thousands of inspired social change agents trained in partnership, communication, conflict resolution, team building, planning and producing powerful results.
  • Thousands of nonprofit organizations endowed with the skill and heart to bring out the best in their people, collaborate effectively with allies of all kinds and produce lasting change.

For us, it is simple – we want to change the world by helping the people who want to change the world.

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The mission of Social Justice Leadership (SJL) is to help usher in the transformation to a just society by catalyzing a new generation of individuals and organizations to lead a renewed social justice movement.   SJL works with grassroots organizations across the country to develop and implement Transformative Organizing, a new framework for social change.  We believe that Transformative Organizing (TO) can both change the basic approach and assumptions of social justice organizing, and greatly expand its impact.  TO promotes a long-term view of fundamental social change:

  • Transformative Organizing seeks to liberate society from oppressive social, political, and economic systems and structures.
  • It equally seeks to liberate individuals from the personal suffering of stress and anxiety that so often manifest in our lives, our interpersonal relationships and our leadership.
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The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. We collaborate with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness and accelerate learning. We work on issues related to society’s most important challenges in three primary areas:  pathways to opportunity for disadvantaged populations, environmental sustainability, and civic engagement. Our services include strategy consultingexecutive search, leadership development, philanthropy advising, and developing and sharing.

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Useful Additional Resources

There is an ongoing discussion over precisely what is social entrepreneurship and who is a social entrepreneur.

Link to this discussion here.

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What is the organizational capacity of Los Angeles County nonprofits? What types of capacity building do they most need to enhance their
effectiveness? What kind and quality of capacity-building services are they receiving? And how are funders helping to strengthen—or hinder—nonprofit organizational performance? To help answer these questions, the Weingart Foundation retained TCC Group, a 31 year-old management consulting firm that serves funders and nonprofits, to conduct a study of nonprofit capacity-building needs and services in Los Angeles County. Through surveys, phone interviews, focus groups, and objective assessments, TCC heard from over 1600 nonprofit, capacity-building, and philanthropic leaders in the region. The study revealed that there is clearly much that can be done to strengthen the organizational capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles County. The capacity of capacity-building providers in the region, in turn, also needs to be fortified. We hope that you find this report to be illuminating and thought-provoking. We want it to stimulate change that enables more Los Angeles County nonprofit organizations to be well-led, reflective, sustainable, adaptive, and, ultimately, achieve greater impact.

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Management is responsible to ensure that the organization continually has high-quality operations and employees. One of the most important practices to meet this responsibility is to conduct successful succession planning.  Find out more here.

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Nonprofit organizations rely on strong leadership to pursue their missions. This resource list contains citations to selected articles and books from the Foundation Center’s bibliographic database, the Catalog of Nonprofit Literature, on the subject of succession planning.

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