The Foundation for Delaware County is excited to launch the second cohort of our peer learning circles.

In January of 2020, the foundation launched the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CFNE) just two months before the COVID-19 pandemic. The inaugural cohorts of Executive Director and Emerging Leader Peer Learning Circles began meeting in April and made a smooth transition to meeting virtually instead of in-person. Both circles have been a great success and provided nonprofit leaders with a comfortable space to learn from one another, grapple with old and new challenges, and look forward to future work in our Delaware County community.

The CFNE will launch 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 ten times for two-hour sessions over a year-long period.

Application Information

Applications to participate in one of the peer learning circles are due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9 in order to be considered for this program. All applications will be reviewed at the beginning of March and 12-14 applicants each will be selected for the Executive Directors and the Senior Staff Leaders circle.

The Executive Director Peer Learning Circle is open to all executive directors or CEOs serving Delaware County nonprofits, with an emphasis on meeting the leadership needs of small to midsize nonprofit organizations. This Peer Learning Circle will meet in the morning on the third Wednesday of the following months: April, May, June, July, September, October, November, January, February and March (see dates below). These groups will launch via Zoom initially with the hope that we can move to in person sessions at the foundation’s headquarters in Media as the year progresses.

The Senior Staff Leaders Peer Learning Circle helps aspiring leaders at Delaware County nonprofits to develop new skills, advance contributions to the nonprofit sector and enhance their careers. Senior Staff 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 afternoon on the fourth Thursday of most months beginning in April. This group will also meet virtually until it is safe to meet in person, at which point we will move sessions to the foundation’s headquarters in Media.

The two groups will launch at the end of April after a kick-off event in early April to convene the new learning community and bring together cohort participants from both years. Space is limited, so apply early. Participants will be notified of their selection in mid-March.

Questions? Contact Katie Kenyon at kkenyon@delcofoundation.org or by phone at 267.453.6976.

Peer Learning Circles Schedule 2020 – 2021

March 9: Peer Learning Circle applications due at 5:00 p.m.

Week of March 15: Applicants are notified of acceptance

Date TBD, Early April: Kick-off happy hour

Executive Director Peer Learning Circle Meetings

April 21, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

May 19, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

June 16, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

July 21, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Sept. 15, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Oct. 20, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Nov. 17, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Jan. 19, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Feb. 16, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

March 16, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Senior Staff Leaders Peer Learning Circle Meetings

April 22, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

May 27, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

June 24, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

July 22, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Sept. 23, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Oct. 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Nov. 18 or Dec. 2, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Jan. 27, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Feb. 24, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

March 24. 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Peer Learning Circle Application

Peer Learning Circle Application
Organization genre
Please indicate which of the following are of greatest interest to you (select 2)
Which topics are you most familiar/comfortable? (select 3-5)
About which topics are you most eager to learn? (select 3-5)