Finding belonging in a community of practice
Thursday, May 31, 2018
What does it mean to feel welcome and have belonging in a community of practice? It means being a member of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.
In recent months, as I have watched our members convene around critical areas of interest such as the Building Movements Project “Race to Lead” report, research in the field of nonprofit executive transition, research on racial equity, scaling innovation, and emerging business models for social sector organizations, I am struck by the dialogue that occurs amongst us. Dialogue that opens minds, shifts perspectives, introduces new approaches, and leads to new ideas, new relationships, and opportunities for deeper collaboration. It is that feeling of being welcome, that feeling of being heard and appreciated, and that opportunity to come away from those interactions inspired, motivated, and ultimately more deeply committed to the field of capacity building. That is our organization, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.
What makes us unique on the social sector ecosystem is our intersectionality -- our ability to be the cross-functional, cross-silo convener of those interested in the field of capacity building. Whether you are a grantmaker, a researcher, a consultant, a nonprofit leader, or a student, you are welcome at our table. Our Board of Directors, a collegial, festive group, is clear about our role, in partnership with our Affinity Group and Interest Group leaders -- that we are the hosts of the most interesting, compelling conversations about our work, in service to our members and the field as a whole.
If you have not yet joined our community, the time is now. As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we are looking forward to our annual conference in Hartford, October 10 - 12. The annual conference is our opportunity to come together as field and develop our shared perspective on how the field of capacity building should evolve for the 21st century. I would like to invite you to be a part of that conversation, to bring your perspectives and your experiences, and to join your colleagues in setting our shared course for the future. I promise it will be a dinner party you won’t want to miss.
Register for the conference now and when you do, also become a member of the Alliance and join our community.
I look forward to meeting you and learning from you.