Alliance Staffing Update
Monday, July 9, 2018
Posted by: Anne Yurasek
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to sincerely thank Marissa Paine of Painefree Coaching and Consulting for serving as our Interim Executive Director and Managing Director over the last 18 months. We are incredibly grateful to the team at Painefree Coaching and Consulting for strengthening our internal systems and supporting our member-led initiatives and efforts. From the launch of our new website to coordinating webinars to supporting regional events, such as the Boston and New York forums on Race Equity and Capacity Building, we are proud of the work that we have moved forward together.
At this time, the Board of Directors has determined, based on challenges securing institutional funding, that it is prudent to scale back our formal paid staff support and transition to a range of member-provided supports. Going forward, key internal systems will be supported and maintained by volunteers and specific member organizations.
You may be thinking that this is a step backwards or a challenge that we are facing – in some ways, it reflects some financial challenges. Yet, I’ve learned a lot about the Alliance as a member and Board member in recent years – and I’ve learned we are a dedicated, persistent, curious group of professionals. We are a community that deeply believes that an association dedicated to the field of capacity building is both unique and critical to the social sector. A community where all are welcome – no matter what lens you bring – whether funder, consultant, researcher, nonprofit leaders, or student – you are welcome. A community that is dedicated to continuing member-led, member-driven initiatives to advance the field of capacity building.
And so our work together remains.
I hope you will continue to join us and bring your experiences to our conversations and our shared efforts. I could not be more excited about our upcoming conference and bringing our community together to re-envision our field, from the workshops to the speakers to the interactive experiences that are planned. If you are vested in the field of capacity building and are looking to advance your skills, practices and networks, be exposed to new knowledge, and build relationships – you will not want to miss this convening. I hope you will join us.