The Foundation for Delaware County is excited to launch a new and innovative learning collaborative for nonprofit executive directors and emerging leaders.

Nonprofit leaders, managers, and staff in Delaware County have a real interest in building workforce capacity. According to our research this year, nonprofit leaders and managers seek professional development opportunities to foster shared learning beyond whatever work their missions address. To overcome common workplace challenges, they aim to increase knowledge in business, management, organizational development, and internal communications. And they want The Foundation for Delaware County to play an active role in championing the value of investing in people and personal growth at all levels, helping to create a strong, healthy and thriving workforce in Delaware County with increased opportunities for collaboration, partnering, and networking.

In response to such clear need, the foundation is launching a learning collaborative for nonprofit executive directors and emerging leaders! In two separate learning circles, cohorts of nonprofit professionals will learn and problem solve with support from seasoned facilitators and speakers. The two groups will launch in April after a kick-off event in February to convene the new learning community.  Meetings will be held most months for emerging leaders and every other month for executive directors with each learning circle working together for a 12-month period.

Application Information

Applications to participate in one of the peer learning circles are due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday Jan. 28 in order to be considered for this program. All applications will be reviewed at the end of January and 12-14 applicants will be selected for each Peer Learning Circle.

The Executive Director Peer Learning Circle is open to all executive directors or CEOs of Delaware County serving nonprofits with a focus to meet the needs of leadership of small to midsize nonprofit organizations. This Peer Learning Circle will meet in the morning on the first Wednesday of every other month (April, June, September, November, January and March) at the foundation’s headquarters in Media.

The Emerging Leader Peer Learning Circle aims to support aspiring leaders in Delaware County nonprofits to develop new skills, advance contributions to the nonprofit sector and enhance their careers. Emerging Leaders should have some supervisory or management role in the organization and report directly to organizational leadership. To encourage support of this initiative, participation in this program requires stated support from agency leadership. This Peer Learning Circle will meet in the afternoons on the first Thursday of most months beginning in April at the foundation’s headquarters in Media.

The two groups will launch the first week of April after a kick-off event in February to convene the new learning community. Seats are limited, so apply early. Participants will be notified of their selection in early February.

Questions? Contact Katie Kenyon at kkenyon@delcofoundation.org or by phone at 610.619.6112.

Peer Learning Circles Schedule 2020 – 2021

Jan. 28: Peer Learning Circle applications due at 5:00 p.m.

Week of Feb. 3: Applicants are notified of acceptance

Date TBD: Kick-off happy hour

Executive Director Peer Learning Circle Meetings

April 1, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

June 3, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Sept. 2, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Nov. 4, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Jan. 6, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

March 3, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Emerging Leaders Peer Learning Circle Meetings

April 2, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

May 7, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

June 4, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Sept. 3, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Oct. 1, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Nov. 5, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Jan. 7, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Feb. 4, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

March 4. 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Peer Learning Circle Application

Applications are now closed.