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Alliance ETLC
May 10, 2021
In Consultant Conversations
We invite you to submit a proposal, or to share this request with your network, for a workshop at the Alliance for Nonprofit Management conference to be held online on October 11-13, 2021. The Alliance is the national voice and catalyst for the field of nonprofit capacity building. We improve the effectiveness of individuals, groups, and organizations who help nonprofits and communities achieve positive social change. We are seeking proposals that address our conference theme: The Journey Forward – Putting Our Values into Action This past year required the social sector to adapt to ongoing changes brought on by the COVID pandemic, renewed cries for racial justice, economic uncertainty, and attacks on our very democracy. The role of capacity builders is increasingly critical as the sector moves toward recovery and renewal. Our efforts for forward motion must be grounded and centered in equity, justice, and inclusion as we equip ourselves and our clients for the next steps. Not only will this journey require us to think strategically about how we do our work, but we must also take an honest look at who is engaged in the work. We must ask what leadership looks in the sector as we dismantle white supremacy and shift power in communities. This will be our second online conference. Last year’s conference attracted ~175 people including a range of new and seasoned capacity builders. We seek conference workshops that will challenge and support us as we advance on our own lifelong learning journey forward. Alliance conference workshops are intended to improve the practice of capacity builders, including consultants, coaches, capacity building organizations, foundations/funders, researchers, graduate students, and nonprofit leaders. Sessions should NOT be geared to nonprofit staff and board members. We are especially interested in workshops that address the following topics: · Weaving racial equity/justice into all kinds of capacity building work · Shifting power to community voices in capacity building · Evolving leadership models which may include equitable succession and transition practices, shifting power dynamics, etc. · Working with nonprofit leaders – staff and board – who are resistant to addressing equity · Changing models of nonprofit governance · Equitable evaluation/performance management · Changing role of capacity builders – change agents, partners, etc. · Consulting practice development and how it is changing. To view workshop requirements and submit a proposal, please use this survey. The deadline for submission is May 15, 2021. Individuals who submit a proposal will be notified of the status of their submission by July 1, 2021. Co-Chairs, Conference Selection Committee Mary Vradelis & Carrie Blanding Conference Workshop Selection Committee: · Swafia Ames · Mike Courville · Lyn Freundlich · Rachel Ramjattan · Megan Renner Conference Co-Chairs: Julia Burns & Tamela Spicer
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Alliance ETLC
Jul 06, 2020
In Consultant Conversations
I just got a question from a friend who's anticipating a need for an IED beginning in February 2021. It's a position that can be filled from anywhere as it's mostly a virtual organization. When would you recommend posting the IED position?
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Alliance ETLC
Apr 07, 2020
In Consultant Conversations
One of our clients cancelled their conference at which we were scheduled to present. They asked if we could record our presentation instead. Our first thought was doing a Zoom call between my partner and me and recording that - we'd have screen sharing, video, etc. But we'd also have to do this in one shot with no editing possibilities. Still might be the easiest method. Any recommendations on the best way to do this?
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Alliance ETLC
Mar 20, 2020
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Saw this today in my email and sharing for newly available governance resources How nonprofits and board members can respond to COVID-19 As the world responds to the threats of COVID-19, many nonprofits and their boards are wrestling with difficult questions and decisions. In this rapidly evolving environment, the board needs to provide steady and adaptive leadership in partnership with the CEO. BoardSource is committed to supporting board and staff leaders during this trying time. To do so, we have compiled some of the most common questions we've seen in our community with answers and accompanying resources from our Ask-an-Expert team. The Ask-an-Expert service is typically a member benefit, but during this time it is available to all organizations. Additionally, our latest blog post outlines what nonprofit boards should be thinking about and working to address during these trying times.
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Alliance ETLC
Mar 15, 2020
In Consultant Conversations
Everyone is trying to figure out how this impacts them. Here's a great resource page from one of my firm's partners that specializes in risk management for nonprofit organizations. There's some great stuff here and they're updating it regularly.
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Alliance ETLC
Mar 13, 2020
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The Building Movement Project is developing an Organizational Race Equity Assessment and they are seeking people to pilot test it. I had signed up as a pilot tester earlier in the year and today they gave me the go ahead to share it with you all. If you have the time, it’s a way to help support the development of research on a hugely important issue. Here’s the link to get to more information and the survey: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5500319/BMP-AssessmentQuestions-Test-03-2020
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Alliance ETLC
Mar 06, 2020
In Consultant Conversations
We got a call today from a ~$1m nonprofit whose ED of 9 years is stepping down due to health reasons. This is not one of our clients, but they called to see if we could recommend any interim resources. Please get in touch with me if you have any interest or recommendations in South Florida. Julia@ClarityTransitions.net Many thanks!!
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Alliance ETLC
Feb 27, 2020
In Consultant Conversations
On Feb 26, NPQ posted this article on their website. I love this from a succession planning perspective (see #1 and #5), but it can be useful too when you're in a transition situation. Pitfall #1: Ignoring the Elephant in the Room Pitfall #2: Not Casting Your Net Wide Enough Pitfall #3: Relying on Psychological Testing Pitfall #4: Resetting Compensation Levels When a Leader Leaves Pitfall #5: Concentrating Organizational Power at the Top It's a quick & worthwhile read.
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Alliance ETLC
Feb 20, 2020
In Consultant Conversations
A query about the survival of our successors. Most of us, I think, take it as an article of experience and faith that when long term leaders leave their successors tend to be "unintentional interims." Advising a group that is facing that situation and I realize I've never seen any numbers about that. Anyone know of evidence beyond the anecdotal? Also, if anyone knows anything about the success rate of CEO's/ED's who succeed us--the post interims? Feel free to respond here or at pat@patnicholstransitions.com Thx. (reposted for Pat :-))
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Alliance ETLC
Nov 03, 2019
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I'm currently working with a client where the board gave the ED the opportunity to resign before firing him. He took that opportunity. He and the board have an agreement of some sort where neither side can talk about what happened - and I'm not sure what the limits are on this. This is an organization with members and the rumors are rife filling in that information gap. There's also some open discontent with the level of information being shared. Given the generic description that I've shared, what are your thoughts on appropriate levels of communication in this sort of situation? Yes, they need to stick with that agreement - but what should have been in that agreement? What should they share? Where's the balance between responsibility to members and to employee confidentiality? Thanks for any insight.
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Alliance ETLC
Jul 29, 2019
In Consultant Conversations
I'm over-posting a little in an effort to link some pieces.  You may see this link on My Feed or in the Forum, but I wanted to share a blog I just added on how to access the forum. https://allianceonline.site-ym.com/blogpost/1607804/ETLC--Creating-a-Community-of-Practice  If you're part of the ETLC forum, our posts will link back to My Feed. As I wrote how to access the forum, I realized the path may be a little serpentine.  Would it be helpful to have a video that shows how this works?  Please do go check out the forum.  When you're there, make sure that you subscribe.  Without a subscription, you won't know when people respond without logging in.  We're working on making this more accessible bit by bit.  The biggest thing that will make it worthwhile, though, is if we're all there. If you need help getting in, please let me know and we can work through it together. 
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Alliance ETLC
Jul 18, 2019
In Consultant Conversations
I haven't participated in these so it's not an endorsement, but it looks like a great topic. July 25 Webinar: Investing in Equitable Ascension into Nonprofit Leadership We're gearing up for our upcoming Talent Justice webinar on Thursday, July 25 at 11:00am-12:15pm (PT) / 2:00-3:15pm (ET) "Investing in Equitable Ascension into Nonprofit Leadership." In this webinar we'll explore Talent Justice key research findings regarding the dynamics of inequity in transitions to executive leadership and management and effective strategies for promoting talent justice during this career stage. Presenters include Sonia Mañjon, Executive Director, LeaderSpring, Rusty Stahl, President & CEO, Fund the People, and Yolanda Caldera-Durant, Vice President, Fund the People. Register here for this free webinar. Please spread the word to your networks! Catch Up on Talent Justice Webinar Series In case you missed any of our webinars this summer or want to see them again you can view the recordings by clicking on the links below. Talent Justice Launch Webinar: New Research on Investing in Equity in the Nonprofit Workforce featuring Dr. Judy Lubin, Center for Urban and Racial Equity, Rusty Stahl, Fund the People, and Yolanda Caldera-Durant, Fund the PeopleBuilding Equitable Onramps to Nonprofit Careers featuring Sasanka Jinadasa, Center for Urban and Racial Equity, Jill Eisenhard, Redhook Initiative, and Yolanda Caldera-Durant, Fund the PeopleInvesting in Equitable Strategies for Nonprofit Advancement featuring Chris Melody Fields Figueredo, Ballot Strategy Initiative Center, Jonathan Brack, Tipping Point Community, and Yolanda Caldera-Durant, Fund the People Talent Justice Research & Toolkit You can now access our free Talent Justice resources that include the full report, executive summary, toolkit, and infographics. In order to unlock this content we simply ask for your contact information. Once you share sign up you'll receive a confirmation email. Check your spam folders just in case it doesn't hit your inbox.
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