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Programs: Our Communities of Practice

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Communities of Practice at the AllianceOur m
ember-run Communities of Practice are our most valuable resource and means of advancing the research and practice of capacity building.  Communities of Practice self-organize around a specified interest or identity with the primary purpose of innovating ideas, practices, models, research, and/or publications. They also provide a space for Alliance members with similar interests to network with one another, exchange ideas, and develop their skills and practices. 

Our current Communities of Practice are:

Click on ones that interest you, or scroll all groups below to find your perfect fits! 

To join a community of practice, log in to the Member Center. Or contact to be connected.

Advancing Racial Equity

Collaboration means progressThe Advancing Racial Equity Community of Practice seeks to share strategies, practices, and learning among Alliance members around addressing racial equity in capacity building. Recent activities include: conference calls, sharing resources, building out sets of common definitions around racial equity and providing technical support, learning opportunities, and encouragement to members addressing power and racism in their capacity building work.

Community of Practice Leaders: Melissa Álvarez Mangual and Nelson Parrish


Capacity Building Organizations (CBO)

Collaboration spells progressThe purpose of the CBO Community of Practice is to advance the knowledge and practices of capacity building among nonprofit organizations whose missions aim to strengthen the nonprofit sector. This includes stand-alone organizations previously known as management support organizations, national or statewide organizations that provide capacity building for their association or federations, intermediary organizations and foundations, and United Ways that provide capacity building services. 

Our work includes: exchanging best and next practices that advance the effectiveness of our work; identifying strategies and models that are sustainable; advocating for capacity building and related funding with philanthropy and government; and sharing breakthroughs in research or practices that advance the field. The group meets approximately six times per year through virtual meetings on key topics identified by members and which are generally informed by a member survey on current practices. The group also meets during the annual Alliance conference. 

Community of Practice Leaders: Keith Timko and Patty Oertel


Consulting Practice Development Community of Practice

One of the hallmarks of the Alliance is the bridge that exists between theory and practice in our coaching and consulting work. This community of practice provides a forum for digging into approaches, theories, models and strategies that support capacity building.

Community of Practice Leaders: Anne Yurasek and Carlo Cuesta


Executive Transition & Leadership Continuity (ETLC)

With more than 100 members, the Executive Transition & Leadership Continuity Community of Practice, or ETLC, 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. Those encouraged to participate in this affinity group 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.


The ETLC community 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.


For more information on joining or participating in this group and its work and resource, please see

Community of Practice Leaders: Julia Burns and Shailushi Ritchie



The Governance group provides a forum to forward creative thinking in the field of board governance and development, including the generation of new approaches and models for community-based organizations. Through sharing of new approaches, practices, and research among a diverse group of consultants, capacity building organizations, and researchers, this affinity group hopes to not only further the field, but also to increase the knowledge base, generative thinking, and consulting skills of its members.

Community of Practice Leader: Judy Freiwirth


Outcomes for Equity Community of Practice

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s Outcomes for Equity Community of Practice develops and promotes capacity-building efforts that lead to increased equity and outcomes for our constituents and communities. We approach our work by remaining inquisitive, transparent, equitable, and accountable to the nonprofit individuals, organizations, and communities most impacted by our capacity-building efforts. Our work seeks to create an inclusive community of practice that promotes learning, networking, data-informed transformational change, and the exploration of the following key questions:

  • How do we hold ourselves accountable as practitioners for providing equitable capacity-building supports and services?
  • How do we use inclusive learning and evaluation practices to measure our progress towards this goal?
  • How do we continuously use these learnings to strengthen our work?

Community of Practice Leader: Ellen Bass