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Seattle Foundation Launches Leading for Impact - Seattle

Leading for Impact – Seattle is designed for nonprofit CEOs and their executive teams to learn together and build increased alignment on strategy.


December 15, 2015

We’re excited about our partnership with The Bridgespan Group as we launch our new capacity building program, Leading for Impact – Seattle. The program is part of Seattle Foundation’s comprehensive capacity building investments, a critical step to engage and increase the level of effectiveness of nonprofits in Greater Seattle.

Through Leading for Impact – Seattle, executive leadership teams at 50 Seattle nonprofits will have an opportunity to hone their strategic and organizational management skills and then immediately apply those skills to projects to accelerate their community impact.

The Bridgespan Group, a leading nonprofit advisor and trusted resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropy, will partner with local capacity builder 501 Commons to train its team in the model and approach so that our local partners can expand the reach of the curriculum and support even more nonprofits.

The program will kick off with the first set of nonprofit executives starting in January. A second round of teams will begin the program in September 2016. Additional cohorts will launch in Seattle in 2017 and 2018. The list of enrolled participants so far includes: Solid Ground, El Centro de la Raza, College Success Foundation, Jewish Family Service of Seattle, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, Boys and Girls Club of King County, Alliance for Education, FareStart, Seattle Goodwill, YMCA of Greater Seattle, YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish, Plymouth Housing Group, Atlantic Street Center, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands, Rainier Scholars and Youth Care.

We find that Leading for Impact – Seattle and other capacity building efforts are best when truly localized in terms of their support and implementation. We’re fortunate to have some exceptional funding partners for this program including Ballmer Group Philanthropy, Matt Griffin & Evelyne Rozner, Raikes Foundation and Walker Family Foundation. Through their generous support the participation cost for each organization is nominal at only 20 percent of the cost of the two-year program.

Seattle Foundation has a long history and legacy of capacity building, and Leading for Impact – Seattle is the newest initiative of several. Building on a strong track record of supporting efforts to strengthen the local nonprofit sector, Leading for Impact – Seattle is unique in that it is designed for nonprofit CEOs and their executive teams to learn together and build increased alignment on strategy.

Nonprofits who are interested in participating can learn more at www.bridgespan.org or contact Bridgespan directly at leadership@bridgespan.org

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