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People of Color
Formed in 2001, the POC group offers a forum for capacity builders of color to share experiences and work to expand the presence of people of color in the Alliance and in the field, as well as catalyzing change in the field, the nonprofit sector, and ultimately the larger society. The POC group is currently in the process of defining and advancing “cultural competency” in nonprofit capacity building— this effort has resulted in a book entitled Embracing Cultural Competency: A Roadmap for Capacity Builders, professional development activities, and peer exchanges. The POC accelerates peer learning, challenges business-as-usual, and generates ways and means to honor the journey of these groups in the Americas through capacity building practice. To learn more about this Member Affinity Group, please contact Jose Dominguez .
Executive Transition and Leadership Continuity
The Executive Transition Leadership Continuity Affinity Group, with more than 100 members, is a professional community of capacity-builders who focus on strengthening nonprofits by creating human resource solutions and developing human capital to lead the sector. Members include: executive search/transition consultants, interim executives, nonprofit turnaround consultants, executive coaches, researchers, succession planning specialists, talent pipeline and leadership development consultants, human resource professionals and others who specialize in the nonprofit sector and see value in the network.
This Affinity Group sees its work as a pioneering and trail-blazing effort to develop methodologies, reinforce good practices and identify research needs that promote leadership continuity within nonprofit organizations by planning for positive leadership transitions, attracting and retaining outstanding professionals for the sector, developing future generations of leaders within the sector, and advocating for and teaching succession planning as fundamental to an organization’s capacity to benefit society. To Learn more about the ETL Member Affinity Group, please contact Mary Vradelis or Catherine Bradshaw .
Coaching Affinity Group
The Coaching Affinity Group of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management brings together experienced practitioners and capacity builders who provide executive, leadership, or organizational coaching to nonprofits in order to strengthen organizational and leadership capacity. The Coaching Affinity Group was proposed because of a desire to create a community of experienced practitioners who can delve deeply into coaching best practices and advance our collective knowledge to support the needs of nonprofit leadership development and organizational effectiveness. The Coaching Affinity group (or learning cluster) is designed as an intact group, intentionally kept to a small number in order to create a climate of safety and authenticity, where participants can share their learning edge with each other and feel comfortable in a non-judging environment. To that end, members are called upon to occupy the role of both learner and contributor in this group. To learn more about this Affinity Group, please contact Justin Pollack .
Terry McAdam Book Award
Terry W. McAdam devoted his professional life to improving the nonprofit management field and urged those of us in the capacity building field to write about our experiences because he considered our voices insightful and important to improving the sector. Terry died in 1986 at the age of 44. The first Terry McAdam Book Award was given in 1989 to Michael Seltzer for his book Securing Your Organization’s Future: A Complete Guide to Fundraising Strategies. At that time he was the executive vice president and program director of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in Los Angeles. Before joining the foundation in 1983, Terry was vice president of the New York Community Trust where he helped to develop a variety of innovative grant programs for the trust. He was also an author himself –Careers in the Nonprofit Sector (1986). With Judith Scherer, he wrote Technical Assistance in New York City: a Preliminary Examination of the Nonprofit Technical Assistance Process in New York City in 1977. To Learn more about this Affinity Group, please contact Victoria Thurlow.
Capacity Building Organizations
The purpose of the Capacity Building Organization Member Affinity Group is to advance the knowledge and practices of capacity building among those nonprofit organizations whose missions aim to build the strength of the nonprofit sector. We work to identify strategies and business models that are sustainable and have impact. We exchange best and next practices that advance the effectiveness of our work. We advocate for capacity building and related funding with philanthropy and government. And, we share breakthroughs in research or practice that advance the field. Our target membership is organizations that identify themselves as contributing to the capacity of the nonprofit sector. This includes national organizations that have capacity building funding for their association or federations, stand-alone nonprofits now known as management support organizations, intermediary organizations and foundations and United Ways with capacity building programs for community nonprofits. The group meets three times per year via conference call and meets during the annual Alliance conference. To learn more about the CBO Member Affinity Group, please contact Keith Timko.
Resources and Links
A hub of information, including recent studies, articles and member created materials
Voices of Nonprofit Board Chairs:
A National Study on the Perspectives of Nonprofit Board Chairs: How they prepare for and perceive their role in relation to the board, community and chief executive officer.
Voices of Nonprofit Board Chairs reflects the voices of 635 nonprofit board chairs across the United States. The study was conducted by the Alliance’s Governance Affinity Group and is intended as a first step in hearing directly from board chairs about their experiences and perceptions, acknowledging the importance of the leadership role of board chairs and the significant dearth of research in this area. As one of the few studies on board chairs, this study sought to answer two research questions: How do individuals prepare for their role as chair of a nonprofit board? and, what do board chairs perceive their leadership roles to be in relationship to the board, the community, and the CEO?