Some Novel Notions for Support to Nonprofits

© Copyright Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD, Authenticity Consulting, LLC.

Many nonprofit service providers agree that nonprofits will experience challenges and stresses unlike those experienced before. Experts cite changes in funding (devolution, etc.), demographics, values, technology, etc. ) For a very good overview of these changes, see the Peat Marwick report located at http://www.us.kpmg.com/ps/march97/orgtrans.html ).

As the nature of nonprofit leadership must change to accommodate changes in the world, so must the nature of training and development programs. We trainers and developers continue to assert that leaders must "think out of the box", but too many of us are still entrenched in our own narrow views of training and development.

The following table depicts some rather novel forms of training and development for nonprofits.

notion asked for from nonprofit executive directors

purpose the idea would serve

1 incubator service for new nonprofits to help them get off the ground until they are largely self-sufficient; would included facilities and basic materials (plans, policies, etc.)
2 comprehensive assessment instrument get perspective on overall situation; (see "Organizational Fitness" topic in the Nonprofit Managers' Library")
3 one-time orientation on 1) role of E.D. and 2) systems overview of the nonprofit organizations establish firm knowledge and perspective on the role of the E.D., board and organization; systems view conveys wise perspective on the ebbs and flows of organizations
4 low-cost or free library of basic how-to information and materials needed to run a nonprofit provide highly affordable and therefore accessible resources for a firm “foundation” of materials, to ensure appropriate structures, etc. (this is done now with the Nonprofit Managers' Library)
5 ongoing E.D. training focused on systems view of nonprofit organization (the interplay of major organizational functions) provide a much more integrated and realistic perspective to leaders (than typically done by one-shot courses) about their organizations so they are better able to lead, diagnose and develop their organizations
6 seminars on E.D. & board state-of-the-art topics describe and discuss current and expected trends in nonprofit management
7 retreat center many assert that nonprofit leaders quickly get burned out, yet few services are provided to address burnout; a retreat center would provide yearly renewal, reflection, action planning and follow-up (to be accountable to peers); nonprofits leaders need “emotional intelligence” training, as well
8 dialogue groups for networking, ongoing reflection, to gain larger perspective and enhance meaning; and cultivate skills in appreciate inquiry
9 highly focused, peer-based support and problem solving groups for ongoing, low-cost problem solving and support (See All About Circles)
10 consulting panels of local elders (wisdom circles) one-time “deep” consulting and problem solving and “centering”; integrates wisdom of community with community needs
11 cadre of “certified” nonprofit consulting professionals provide intensive organization development services to organizations in trouble/pain; there are many consultants, but not enough who really understand the nature of nonprofits, particularly small ones
12 workshops for service providers train the trainers about nonprofits, holistic development, integrating interventions, etc.
13 emergency Helpline provide prompt response and referral to highly stressed leaders; service providers assert that nonprofits must collaborate but how many service providers collaborate among themselves, e.g., to provide a Helpline?
14 award “certification” to “graduates” this would indicate levels of the consultants' proficiency to nonprofits

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