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Affinity Group Updates and Conference Highlights

Tuesday, August 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Executive Transition and Leadership Continuity:
Actively Refreshing Models for Executive Transition

The Executive Transition and Leadership Continuity (ETLC) Affinity Group has focused its work this year on a processto review, rethink, and refresh the model that practitioners are using to assist nonprofits with their executive transitions. In the earlier part of the year (January-May), we examined our assumptions and guiding principles and drafted a model that broadens the practice to aspects of nonprofit health that prepare the organization to manage executive transitions and emerge stronger on the other side.
We are now hosting "Deep Dive Discussions" with practitioners across the country on these core aspects: mission sustainability, diversity-equity-inclusion, board governance, interim executive management, founder transitions, and executive on-boarding. There's also a discussion group looking at how we communicate about this broader model with our nonprofit clients and the sector as a whole. This process will culminate at theETLC Affinity Group October 10th meeting at the Alliance conference, where the Deep Dive groups will bring their new insights and discoveries forward and work to create an integrated model of practice and 2019 focus areas and work plans.
If anyone is interested in participating in one of our Deep Dive Discussions, contact either Catherine Bradshaw or Lynne Molnar as co-chairs of the ETLC Affinity Group and we'll plug you in!
Governance Affinity Group:Governance Innovation Lab

The Governance Affinity Group is gearing up for its Innovation Lab at the Alliance's national conference on Wednesday, October 10th in Hartford. The group is organizing a workshop within the session for all to attend, entitled"Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me! Myth Busters: Challenging So Called "Best Practices" in Governance Practice."Myths and urban legends about nonprofit governance withstand the test of time. However, which ones are based on evidence and which ones should be debunked? This unique, highly interactive and fun workshop will highlight empirical research using the NPR's "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me" game format! We will challenge common wisdoms and anecdotal practice and generate a lively discussion with participants, identifying research-based governance practices and those needing additional evidence.
Additionally, we will be discussing our findings from our 2nd phase of research on The Leadership of Boards- a study focused on the selection, preparation, diversity, and shared leadership of boards! And we're working on a unique set of research-based governance practice tools! We welcome new members and look forward to seeing you in October.Contact Judy Freiwirth for more information.
Capacity Building Organizations Affinity Group:
Upcoming Convening and Conference Sessions

The CBO Affinity Group is hosting a webinar onWednesday, September 19th, entitled, "What Are Capacity Building Strategies for Sustainability for CBOs?", with guest faculty,Tamela Spicer, Johnson Center on Philanthropy and Dennis McMillian, The Foraker Group. The key questions to be explored include:
  • How does the work of CBOs--be it workshops, consulting or coaching--support organizational sustainability for the groups with which we work?
  • What are strategies that we employ and how do we assess our impact differently if greater sustainability is one of our goals?

At the conference, the CBO Affinity Group will be hosting a series of sessions on Wednesday, October 10th. Join us for a"Reimagining Capacity Building: From Roots to New Shoots" -an interactive session exploring the journey of capacity building over the last forty years including the events that led to the Alliance's creation - and"Capturing Capacity Building Change: A View from the Cultural and Technical Frontier and Future Developments" -featuring a team of capacity builders who have developed a tool in Salesforce to track the impact of capacity building efforts.

If you would like to learn more about the CBO Affinty Group, contact Keith Timko or Patty Oertel.