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|Programs -- Our Communities of Practice|
Learn, share, discuss, discover and create—together.
Member communities of practice are our most valuable resource and means of advancing the research and practice of capacity building. Communities self-organize around a specified interest or identity with the primary purpose of innovating ideas, practices, models, research and/or publications. They also provide a space for Alliance members with similar interests to network with each other, exchange ideas, and develop their skills.
To join a community of practice, log in to the Member Center.
Currently, we have member communities of practice focused around:
(Click on a link to jump to the community description and lead contacts.)
The Advancing Racial Equity Community of Practice seeks to share strategies, practices and learning among Alliance members around addressing racial equity in capacity building. Recent activities include conference calls, sharing resources, building out sets of common definitions around racial equity and providing technical support, learning opportunities and encouragement to members addressing power and racism in their capacity building work.
The purpose of the CBO Community of Practice is to advance the knowledge and practices of capacity building among nonprofit organizations whose missions aim to strengthen the nonprofit sector. This includes stand-alone organizations previously known as management support organizations, national or statewide organizations that provide capacity building for their association or federations, intermediary organizations and foundations and United Ways that provide capacity building services.
Our work includes: exchanging best and next practices that advance the effectiveness of our work; identifying strategies and models that are sustainable; advocating for capacity building and related funding with philanthropy and government; and sharing breakthroughs in research or practices that advance the field. The group meets approximately six times per year through virtual meetings on key topics identified by members and which are generally informed by a member survey on current practices. The group also meets during the annual Alliance conference.
One of the hallmarks of the Alliance is the bridge that exists between theory and practice in our coaching and consulting work. This community of practice provides a forum for digging into approaches, theories, models and strategies that support capacity building.
With more than 100 members, the Executive Transition & Leadership Continuity Community of Practice, or ETLC, is a professional community of capacity-builders who focus on strengthening nonprofits by creating human resource solutions and developing human capital to lead the sector. Those encouraged to participate in this affinity group include: executive search/transition consultants, interim executives, nonprofit turnaround consultants, executive coaches, researchers, succession planning specialists, talent pipeline and leadership development consultants, human resource professionals, and others who specialize in the nonprofit sector and see value in the network.
The ETLC community sees its work as a pioneering and trail-blazing effort to:
For more information on joining or participating in this group and its work and resource, please see https://www.nonprofit-leader-
The Governance group provides a forum to forward creative thinking in the field of board governance and development, including the generation of new approaches and models for community-based organizations. Through sharing of new approaches, practices, and research among a diverse group of consultants, capacity building organizations, and researchers, this affinity group hopes to not only further the field, but also to increase the knowledge base, generative thinking, and consulting skills of its members.
Community of Practice Leader: Judy Freiwirth
The Performance Measuement Community of Practice explores how capacity builders can hold ourselves accountable for measurable changes in our clients’ practice, including their ability to improve participant outcomes. The group has most recently been working on a framework for a Theory of Change that links capacity building efforts with client and participant outcomes as well as different approaches to evaluating capacity building with a racial justice lens.
Community of Practice Leader: Ellen Bass