con * cord from the Latin: of one mind, in harmony
The nonprofit sector is in crisis. The days of well meaning people, doing un-evaluated good, and relying on checkbook philanthropy are over. Today, nonprofits must be nimble, strategic minded, and adept at taking calculated risks while influencing an array of stakeholders.
Unfortunately, a nonprofit leadership crisis is leading to pickier donors, out-of-control boards, and rogue staff members. At all levels - nonprofit boards, senior staff, and staff - there’s a troubling lack of knowledge about how to run nonprofits and virtually no investment in leadership training.
The results speak clearly. Almost half of nonprofits have hired new head leaders in the last two years, and over two-thirds of leaders plan on moving on within the next five years. Now more than ever, nonprofits need solid, researched, practical leadership training.
Moreover, half of younger workers say that, next to pay, professional development is a strong motivator for staying with an employer. Where nonprofits can’t compete on salary, meaningful leadership training programs can still help them compete for top talent.
Fundraising issues are leadership issues
In 2003, our founder Marc A. Pitman started FundraisingCoach.com to help nonprofits stabilize and grow revenue. Although fundraising remains a top issue for nonprofit leaders, Marc saw other areas key leadership deficits that urgently needed attention, including:
- a lack of transition planning (as nonprofit leaders reach retirement age)
- a growing demand for organizational transparency (often led by technological changes)
- the blurring lines between “business,” “government,” and “nonprofit” (which result in increased competition for nonprofit dollars).
Marc saw that poor leadership trumped great fundraising every time. Educating CEOs, orienting boards, and training staff on essential nonprofit leadership skills was just as important as raising money. CLG was launched to help nonprofits improve nonprofit leadership at all levels reduce staff turnover, train boards on leading nonprofits and helping clients set up systems for better organizational leadership at all levels.
Treating the cause, not just the symptoms
At CLG, we help our nonprofit clients create lasting change, improve staff performance & satisfaction, navigate strained relations, even with hostile labor unions, and help CEO’s and boards avoid self-sabotaging systems and achieve sustainable success.
CLG utilizes a proven approach based on ongoing proprietary research, decades of industry experience, and experiential tools tailored to your specific situation. Our approach centers on:
- helping leaders and organizations discover their talents and strengths
- ensuring that leaders focus on what matters—rather than what worked 50 years ago
- creating a unified vision that inspires boards, staff, and those they serve
- giving executive directors and CEOs an informed, “safe” sounding board
- holding clients accountable without making them look “wishy-washy” or “dumb”
If you work at a nonprofit experiencing leadership churn, are a nonprofit CEO feeling split apart by the staffs’ and boards’ competing demands, or a fundraising professional seeking increased revenue or donor retention, the Concord Leadership Group can help with a range of programs for nonprofit leaders, boards and teams.