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For more than 20 years, NEW has strengthened Southeast Michigan’s nonprofit economy by providing organizations with resources, training, consultation, and support to improve their sustainability, efficiency, and impact. Starting in 2014, NEW partnered with ZingTrain to bring together ZingTrain’s business and leadership training with NEW’s nonprofit sector to create a leadership training experience accessible to nonprofits entitled “Leadership DELI – Develop, Elevate, Launch, Innovate.”
In an effort to more closely align capacity building funding with program operations funding and outcomes, the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders have underwritten a Leadership DELI cohort open only to current grantees. The intention is to strengthen the results of their investments by building the leadership adaptive capacity of grantees.
The challenges of leadership training through traditional approaches have been well documented. Leadership training, and the broader category of capacity building, has historically been transactional and difficult to tie to outcomes; for example, there is little noticeable long-term impact that results from a traditional board training or two-hour workshop. Directing support or interventions at individual nonprofits or isolated leaders or boards of directors simply has not addressed the underlying systemic challenges that are present in communities.
Moving the needle for nonprofits, and strengthening their ability to implement new leadership models in support of their mission work, is dependent on approaches that take into consideration the interconnections between different players in the nonprofit social ecosystem (including funders, businesses, government entities, management support organizations). Leadership DELI focuses on growth in leadership and organization development, along with the powerful connections that happen when we bring leaders together. Through this collaborative venture, knowledge can be shared and applied in the nonprofit sector that challenges the scarcity mindset and increases the likelihood that nonprofits can more effectively strive to meet their goals.
Leadership DELI provides the means for all players in the broader social ecosystem to address leadership challenges of the social sector through a mutually beneficial partnership between the nonprofits, a capacity-building organization (NEW), for-profit business (Zingerman’s), and the funding community (Washtenaw Coordinated Funders).