Nonprofit New York has combined two of its most successful programs, the Nonprofit Excellence Awards and Learning Labs, to create a new model for sustained community learning, engagement, and support. As part of Learning Communities, a selected cohort will participate in a 6-month experience that answers a self-selected problem of practice.
The Learning Community that will convene in the Spring of 2023 will be composed of Executive Directors and an additional designated leadership team member working in nonprofit organizations with operating budgets between $3 and $8 million dollars. We ask that the Executive Director please submit one application on behalf of both individuals.
Generous support from the New York Community Trust enables Nonprofit New York to include you in this initiative at no cost to participating organizations and individuals. Nonprofit New York will organize and facilitate learning, networking, and community-building events to meet the needs of the Spring 2023 Cohort. Nonprofit New York will also be documenting the lessons learned and innovations discussed as part of the Learning Community for the purposes of sharing ideas and peer learning at our Annual Conference and other Nonprofit New York events. Identifying themes and shared needs will also help Nonprofit New York enhance our capacity building programming for the entire sector.
Being part of this Learning Community provides the opportunity to learn with colleagues and outside experts, create a network of ongoing support, share your experiences and expertise with an audience of nonprofit professionals, and help us shape the future of this program.
There are three phases of the Learning Community Program. Participants are expected to attend and engage in all activities.
Phase 1 - Planning Phase (~2 one and half hour meetings over one month)
2/1/23* Determine a shared challenge within the Spring 2023 Cohort
Nonprofit New York designs a curriculum with resources and experts who can support Learning Communities members in addressing that challenge
*This date is pre-determined, however, we understand being flexible should the cohort express a need to change the date or time
Phase 2 - Learning Phase (~5 one-two hour learning and practice sessions over 3 months)
Learning Community participants engage in trainings and workshops with experts to address the challenges identified in Phase 1
Brainstorm and debrief with a partner organization after each learning session
Phase 3 - Action Phase (~2 one hour meetings plus independent work over 2 months)
Develop an Action Plan and work with a partner in the program to implement and make changes within your organization
This program is approximately 6 months long. If your application is accepted, all participants must commit to completing the entirety of the program. Do you and your colleague understand and wish to continue with this application?
What challenges are you currently facing as Executive Director of your organization? [Check all that apply]
What areas are you most interested in addressing in the Learning Community cohort? [Choose 2- 3]
If you are selected for the program, what would be the top three organizational/operational issues you would like to tackle over the next six months?
Are there any speakers/experts/specialists that you'd be interested in seeing facilitate courses in this program? If so, please list their full name, email, and their organization/employer/association:
Is there anything else you would like us to know about you or your organization?
Is there anyone else you feel would be a good fit for this program that you would like us to contact? If so, please include their full name, organization, and email address.
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