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Guest Blog Post: “Leadership Development Unleashed – The Power of Local Programs” ...and, BECAUSE SOMEONE ASKED!Submitted by LLC Staff on Wed, 11/27/2013 - 07:59
By Mary Ann Hennen, Program Leader for the Leadership and Civic Engagement programs at the Center for Community Vitality University of Minnesota Extension
Leadership learning opportunities take on all shapes and sizes across our country, some more powerful than others, yet all delivered with good intention to build the capacity of others and help learners’ make the difference’ they seek in the world. This mission has driven me since I was one of those earnest undergraduate and graduate student leaders. In 1980, one of my undergraduate advisors, Dr. Kathy Allen, encouraged me to attend a summer leadership retreat at University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and I was hooked. The retreat was marvelous, and by its end, I was encouraged by another eventual mentor, Dr. Sara Boatman, to apply to their graduate program. Today, I work as Program Leader for Leadership and Civic Engagement (LCE) programs at the Center for Community Vitality (CV) at University of Minnesota Extension. In this role I have the opportunity to realize my lifelong interest in making leadership opportunities accessible to those of all backgrounds, stages and sectors. With the complexity of our society today, we know that mindful and skilled leadership is critically necessary to help us all move forward with success, and nowhere can this need reveal itself than in our local communities.
Nonprofit Leadership Newsbrief: Gratitude, Volunteering, and Advancing Racial Justice, November 2013Submitted by Lauren Rodriguez on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 14:34
This November, we honor the practice of giving thanks. We are especially grateful to our readers and to our learning community that is committed to transforming the way leadership is conceived and conducted for social change. We are very grateful to you all and we wish you and your loved ones warm wishes this holiday season. We have many reasons to count our blessings today; however, there is still a lot of work to be done. The links below reflect a commitment to cultivating gratitude and to collaborating with others to create greater change. The nonprofit leadership newsbrief will be taking a holiday break next month as we gear up for our community and foundation partnership donation campaign. With that said, we look forward to seeing you in the new year as we to continue to bring interesting leadership resources and events to you all!
Submitted by Miriam Persley on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 12:37
Courtesy of Maria Ramos-Chertok
A subgroup of these women worked on the Charter for Humanizing the Social Sector
At the end of October, I participated in the Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Art of Leadership for Women Leaders in Racial Justice and Human Rights, in Calistoga, CA. Twenty-seven women (including myself) and two facilitators learned, laughed, and connected deeply during a weeklong training. I participated to learn more about leadership development in practice, as well as to take a moment for self-reflection and evaluation. I can feel the change in myself and have been able to see others through a very different lens; having a deeper understanding of what impact leadership development can have on people and their organizations. There are countless moments of learning, but one particular conversation struck me very deeply. It was a collective conversation in a small group looking for long-term Personal Ecology strategies to maintain a lifetime of commitment to the social sector.
Submitted by Elizabeth Lanyon on Mon, 11/25/2013 - 17:42
At its root, philanthropy means “love of humanity.” It is further defined as “the desire to promote the welfare of others expressed by the generous donation of money to good causes.” In practice, this is evident in our communities where money, time, and talent are offered to help foster change, and promote equity and opportunity. Every year, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) hosts National Philanthropy Day, a tribute to philanthropists and fundraisers who are changing the world. The AFP Golden Gate Chapter organized the event on November 4th, highlighting the exceptional work of nine individuals who are leaders and change makers. With more than 800 guests, National Philanthropy Day was a tremendous success. However, the success came not from the size of the event but the networks being developed throughout the philanthropic community – including those collaborating both on the donor side and the nonprofit organizations who benefit from their investments; that foster the change our communities, schools, economies, and individuals are determined to make happen.
Submitted by LLC Staff on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 15:08
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Submitted by Eleanor Cooney on Tue, 10/29/2013 - 10:32
We proudly Spotlight two participants of this year’s Creating Space X who have generously accepted the challenge of organizing a learning cluster around the topic of Leadership and Networks: Alex Carter of the Safe Spaces Project, and Jenifer Wagley of Avenue CDC. We were fortunate to catch up with both Alex and Jenifer this month to hear about their current work and the stories of how they arrived there. We also get their thoughts on self-organizing as they launch the Learning Cluster. Check out last month’s Spotlight on Learning Cluster Organizers: Cheryl D. Fields and Mary Stelletello, to hear more about these informal virtual learning meetings. We encourage you to join the upcoming Learning Cluster call. If you are interested in organizing or participating in a Learning Cluster, contact Lauren@leadershiplearning.org.
Submitted by Miriam Persley on Mon, 10/28/2013 - 17:19
At the end of September, I attended CompassPoint’s Budgeting for Programs, Grants, and the Organization Training with Sarah Gort. Although I have been monitoring and creating financial reports for LLC for over a year, this session gave me concrete tools and challenged me to continue to improve LLC’s financial monitoring to ensure sound management of our finances and promoting sustainability.
Most people get overwhelmed by numbers and want to run away from the process. Yet, money is what allows our organizations to keep the doors open, foster staff talent, and produce the important work that leads to social change. It does take effort, but these simple approaches can take the financial headaches out of our organizations and ensure sustainability.
Submitted by Deborah Meehan on Mon, 10/28/2013 - 16:54
We are excited to be writing the story of a program called On the Verge that is developing young leaders in Napa who are launching programs for emancipated youth, LGBTQ youth, young teachers and young parents. Many of these programs are being incubated through an umbrella organization, On The Move (OTM). We approached On the Verge about collaborating on a case study because we were excited about the impact the program was having on schools, neighborhoods, and its success in creating opportunities for young people to lead. Napa has a large Latino population (33%) and yet people of color are significantly underrepresented in leadership positions in business, government and the non-profit sector. On the Verge hopes to change this and has some big dreams about shifting the leadership demographics in Napa over the next ten years.
Submitted by LLC Staff on Mon, 10/28/2013 - 16:30
Submitted by Deborah Meehan on Sun, 10/27/2013 - 21:29
If you have been following LLC’s transition and restructuring series, we have been implanting new strategies these past few months, which come at the recommendation of our board. Our board strongly suggested it was time to try something new to build LLC’s capacity to deliver on some very ambitious goals for 2017 – stay tuned for more info!
Earlier this summer, we conducted a successful search for a development staff member. With the support and guidance of CompassPoint, LLC was able to move forward on one of our goals and recruit an amazing Philanthropy and Partnerships Manager. Elizabeth Lanyon was interviewed by the entire LLC team and was a big thumbs up all around. She brings an impressive background in fund development, which we share below. We are impressed with her entrepreneurial spirit, a “can do” enthusiasm, a social change ethos and history of advocating for youth. read more »