New Nonprofit Network Learning Opportunities Deepen Connections and Knowledge

Published: March 20, 2023 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

Learning Cohort Offers Support and Learning About DEI for Nonprofit Executives

From December 2022 through February 2023, the Nonprofit Network offered a new Learning Cohort for nearly 30 nonprofit executive directors and CEOs in partnership with Top RANK, a Cedar Rapids-based diversity facilitation, consulting, and talent acquisition firm. The three-part series, facilitated by Gina Weekley of Weekley Connection Consulting, offered nonprofit leaders tools and concepts to help guide the implementation of equitable practices and policies in Linn County nonprofits, with a focus on racial equity.

“Learning with my peers and stepping out of our comfort zone brought a sense of community to our DEI journey,” said Paula Land, Executive Director of Catherine McAuley Center. The Cohort was partly funded through support from the Iowa Council of Foundations.

Nonprofit Know-How Highlights New Equitable Grantmaking Efforts

On January 31, more than 60 local nonprofit professionals and volunteers attended the Nonprofit Know-How: Tips for 2023 Grant Applicants to learn about upcoming grant opportunities. The event focused on two changes to the Community Foundation grant programs for 2023. First, grants will be administered through two competitive cycles instead of three to better align with common fiscal year dates. Second, new application questions and a new required Organization Demographics Form was shared. The additions will help grant committees prioritize funding for nonprofits actively working to build equity in their organizations and community.

New Volunteer Engagement Peer Group Begins

In February, the Nonprofit Network introduced a new Volunteer Engagement Peer Group. Nonprofit professionals who support their organizations’ volunteer engagement efforts are invited to attend on the third Wednesday of each month, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Community Foundation. There is no cost to attend, but participants must register in advance to receive a lunch.

“Volunteer engagement is a critical part of nonprofit capacity building, and we’re excited to be able support those working in this space going forward,” said Carrie Walker, Director of Learning. The new peer group coincides with the pause of the local volunteer-led group Leaders In Volunteerism to provide continued support for professional volunteer managers.

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