Nonprofit Organizations Becoming More Leader-ful

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Medium I recently found myself, along with colleague Susan Wilkes, presenting at the Alliance Conference for Nonprofit Management in Newark, New Jersey. The goal of the conference was to build capacity in not for profit organizations. For Susan and I, this meant growing the current and future leaders of these organizations. 
One of our sessions, a breakfast roundtable, offered an opportunity to discuss the challenges faced by fund development professionals in nonprofits. We shared our 360 assessment and coaching process, as well as the group sessions designed to connect fundraisers with each other as they look at their many (MANY) different stakeholders and what they ask for. Our table conversation was amazing. It was obvious the need is great for experienced fundraisers to have the opportunity to keep growing. Susan and I enjoyed being able to share the success of our Advance program (along with partners Tara Telfair and Maureen Neal). The first five cohorts of fundraisers in Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia have enabled us to tweak the program, and to begin to see its positive impact. 
Our breakout session later in the conference focused on sharing the model and first five years of results from the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program offered collaboratively through the Partnership of Nonprofit Excellence and the Community Engagement division of Virginia Commonwealth University. In discussing the program with the audience of funders, philanthropists, leaders, and consultants, we experienced the shared excitement we all feel as we see the next generation of leaders and the ways in which we can help them succeed and thrive. The interactive session offered a bit of coaching role play and an audience polling technology that helped capture the experience of the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program instead of just talking about it.
Thank you to The Alliance for creating this opportunity to share with others some of what we are most excited about in our daily work. In spreading the word, we hope to see and support the development of similar programs in other communities. 

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Small Ann Deaton I am a leadership coach, and Managing Partner in Bounce. I love to coach and facilitate with individuals and systems experiencing significant change and growth. The clients I work with, regardless of their age or position, are talented and creative individuals willing to look with fresh eyes at their challenges and opportunities, and to take action based on their discoveries. As a result, they find that they are capable of accomplishing far greater things than they ever imagined. What do you want to accomplish today? Who do you want to be?


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