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Affinity Group Roundup - September 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Member Affinity Groups are the Alliance's most valuable resource and means of advancing the research and practice of capacity building.

Affinity Groups are led by dedicated and tremendously knowledgeable members. They self-organize around a specified interest to advance ideas, practices, models, research and/or publications. They also provide a space for members with similar interests to network, develop their skills, and collaborate.
  • Members can access Affinity Groups through our Member Center. (You can request to join as many groups as you'd like!) In addition to the ones featured in this Roundup, there are new interest groups forming.
  • At our Conference, we'll be hosting a "Where's Your Interest" Networking Session for those not yet involved in a Member Affinity Group. This is a great chance to meet in person and experience the power of our network.
  • And if you're not a member yet, there has never been a better time to join!   
Our Groups have been busy developing valuable learning opportunities and resources -- and we wanted to make sure you know about them!
Capacity Building Organization (CBO) Affinity Group

CBO meets approximately six times per year through virtual meetings on key topics identified and presented by peers. For example: 
  • Their last virtual meeting on September 13th focused on how to decide the best mix of products and services for CBOs.
  • The next meeting on November 8th will explore developing a research agenda. 
  • The Group also meets during the annual Alliance Conference to set goals and topics for the coming year. 
The CBO Group welcomes your active participation. Members can join through the Member center or by contacting Group leaders Keith Timko and Patty Oertel.
Executive Transition & Leadership Continuity (ETLC) Affinity Group

ETLC's members provide services such as executive search & transition, interim leadership, coaching, succession planning, and leadership development. Over the past few years, they have developed several trail-blazing resources and programs to support nonprofit sustainability and their field, including:
ETLC also hosts professional development calls, some of which are open to non-members. Their next open call on October 18th will be about Turnarounds and led by Jan Glick. (Keep an eye on our event page for details and registration.)
Finally, ETLC will have a strong presence at our Annual Conference (agenda) with sessions for seasoned consultants and those entering the field, as well as a planning session for the Group's 2018 activities.
If you are interested in joining the ETLC Group, log in to the Member Center or contact Group leaders Mary Vradelis and Catherine Bradshaw.
Governance Affinity Group

Our growing Governance Affinity Group is actively seeking new members as they engage in several exciting projects, including:
  • Launching phase 2 of their national study on the leadership of boards, focused on how board leadership is developed, prepared, distributed, and shared. (Read Part 1 of the study: Voices of Board Chairs)
  • Finalizing and launching a national study of consultant "best practices" in governance and board development.
  • Developing a series of "Governance Research to Practice Tools" to help capacity builders base their practices on research and evidence.
  • Supporting more conversations, peer-learning and resource sharing through the Alliance's new Member Center.


The Governance Group meets about once every 4-6 weeks via Zoom Video conferencing, with committees meeting more frequently. They also meet in person at our Annual Conference. 
To join Governance Affinity Group, please contact Group leader Judy Freiwirth or apply through the Member Center.

Regional Groups are also forming to support more opportunities for focused, in-person dialogue and collaboration. 

If you are interested in becoming a Regional Ambassador, please contact Marissa Q. Paine, our interim executive director. And if you are based in New England, we hope you will join us at our regional forum next month!
The Alliance for Nonprofit Management invites you 
to join us for a day of peer learning and strategies to
racial equity in capacity building.
Friday, October 27th
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM 
 The NonProfit Center
Community Conference Center
89 South Street, Boston
Co-sponsored by TSNE MissionWorks, 
Nonprofit Consulting Network, and Jane Doe, Inc.
For more information, contact Judy Freiwirth 
or Curdina Hill, N.E. Regional Ambassadors.