Sustainability for Emerging Nonprofits

Building and sustaining organizational capacity can be more challenging for small nonprofits than for larger, more established ones. Yet, most nonprofit literature speaks to larger organizations with substantial staff and financial resources. To remedy this situation, CNE and Sam Davis, an experienced strategy and governance consultant, have designed a workshop to address the issues common to small and emerging growth nonprofits.

In this workshop, leadership teams consisting of Board Chairs, or other board leaders, and Executive Directors will not only learn about means they may pursue to build and sustain capacity in their organizations, they will gain from examples offered by leaders of other similar organizations. Working in individual teams and small groups, participants will identify priorities and outline Sustainability Plans for their organizations. Each participant will take from the workshop not only an understanding of processes and tools for thinking strategically about building capacity to sustain their organizations but also draft plans which they can share with their boards and which staff can begin to implement immediately.

This training session will offer pragmatic advice and a process for thinking strategically about organizational growth and sustainability. Topics to be addressed in the workshop include:

  • Nonprofit lifecycles and characteristics of each stage
  • Characteristics of small and early stage nonprofits
  • Capacity building functions in nonprofit organizations
  • Strategically building sustainability
  • Sustainability plans for small nonprofits

Trainer: Sam Davis
Date & Time:  Dates TBD
Cost: $150 per organization. (Includes two participants. Larger groups will be charged an additional fee of $50 for each additional participant. Organizations may send up to five participants.)


This program is exclusively available to CNE Members. Not a member? Join today.

Interested in other advanced programs for nonprofit leaders? Check out our Board Academy, Management Academy, and Leadership Circles.