Every day, 1.5 million social impact organizations work tirelessly to create a better future for all of us. Those organizations – and their 12 million employees along with untold millions of volunteers – strive to meet our society’s need for education, healthcare, job training, daycare, safe neighborhoods, healthy families, better nutrition, ethical government, corporate responsibility, clean environments, and spiritual and emotional inspiration. In a word, our need for community.
A recent study from Bridgespan (Nonprofit Sector Leadership Pipelines, 2015) shows a low rate of internal promotion within nonprofits, indicating a lack of staff development. Nearly half of the nonprofit leaders surveyed rated their staff development as “weak,” with 50 percent stating that they aren’t able to retain employees due to insufficient career development opportunities.
“When I think about ‘impact philanthropy,’ it is not scale and entrepreneurship that come to mind – it is investment in the sector’s leadership capacity. There is a multiplier effect that permeates well beyond the individual leader ... entire organizations and communities are elevated.”
Debbie Espinosa, CNP, President & CEO, FIND Food Bank
Innovating upon seven decades of success, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance has designed a 21st Century solution to nonprofit leadership development: Leaderosity.
A full-service online learning platform, Leaderosity offers nonprofit-tailored content and vetted technologies that allow social impact organizations of all sizes to:
- Achieve exceptional learning outcomes with simplicity and at low cost.
- Replace expensive in-house training programs that were never the organization’s core competency.
- Foster a learning culture that enhances leadership, strengthens teams, increases retention.
- Free up resources to pursue core mission objectives.
Leaderosity melds the Alliance’s decades of sound pedagogical experience with emerging best practices for online learning: specific learning outcomes, instructor access, cohort interactivity, and rigorous and immediate evaluation.
By providing nonprofits with leadership development experiences on par with the corporate sector, Leaderosity will revolutionize the nonprofit sector’s approach to its greatest challenge: retaining and developing talent.
“Much of my success – and the changes I have made in this world – can be attributed to investments made in me as a leader. I am better equipped to lead change. My organization is stronger, and better able to serve the community. There is no questioning that.”
Terence Narcisse, MBA, CNP, Executive Director at East Harris County Empowerment Council