In 2019, the foundation commissioned a study of the training needs of our county’s nonprofit organizations. Findings clearly indicated that nonprofit leaders, managers, and staff in Delaware County have a real interest in building workforce capacity. Representatives from nonprofits around the county expressed a desire for management training, business development and peer support. As a result, the foundation established the Center for Nonprofit Excellence to build strong and productive partnerships with Delaware County nonprofits and address their capacity building needs. The following programs and activities are available through the Center.
Peer Learning Circles
As part of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s initial capacity building offerings, the foundation launched two Peer Learning Circle cohorts in 2020 – one for Executive Directors and one for Emerging Leaders. The goal of these circles is to respond to the need of nonprofit leaders in Delaware County and to enhance collaboration and innovation in our nonprofit landscape. The circles provide nonprofit leaders in Delaware County with a facilitated space for reflective learning, problem-solving, peer support and individual leadership growth with support from seasoned facilitators and speakers.
The CFNE kicked off its second cohort of both the Executive Directors Peer Learning Circle and Senior Staff Leaders Peer Learning Circle at the end of April. In two separate learning circles, new cohorts of nonprofit professionals will learn and problem solve together with support from seasoned facilitators and speakers. Facilitated by Sonia Stamm, principal with Stamm Consultancy Inc., these groups will meet beginning at the end of April, 2021 ten times for two-hour sessions over a year-long period.
Compass Pro Bono
The foundation is sponsoring Compass Pro Bono consulting projects, that provide six months of strategic guidance to two pre-selected nonprofits. Compass delivers strategic guidance to nonprofits in Washington D.C., Philadelphia and most recently Chicago. Compass pairs pro bono teams of carefully screened and experienced business volunteers with nonprofits who have an identified capacity-building project in one of five areas; strategic alignment, funding strategy, strategic marketing, partnerships and collaborations or board development.
Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management
The Foundation for Delaware County has partnered with The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University’s School of Business to offer a nonprofit management certification program to Delaware County nonprofits.
The Foundation for Delaware County’s Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management launched in October 2020. Participants are expected to attend 10 six-hour sessions in order to complete the certification. All classes will be held at the foundation’s Eddystone location. The sessions in this specialized certificate program will be presented by The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University.
Convening for Development Professionals
Foundation staff plan to offer additional training and networking opportunities for development professionals in the county, partnering with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Please contact Ellen Grill for more information and stay tuned for future events.