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System Leadership Capacity Building Program

The Leadership Capacity Building Program has been valuable in a couple of ways. First it helped me think about and build skills around dealing with the ever changing nonprofit landscape. Second, and perhaps more important, it helped me make positive collegial connections with other members of our cohort as well as connecting me with a variety of external resources for future learning.

Today's nonprofits require leaders who are more than managers - they need to be boundary-spanners, innovators, and collaborators to meet today's challenges. However, traditional leadership programs often neglect the unique skills necessary to position one's nonprofit for success in a systems change environment.

Partnering with the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College (NELI), HealthSpark co-designed a course curriculum specifically to address these system leadership challenges.

The System Leadership Capacity Building Program is designed to:

  • Strengthen leadership and organizational capacity within nonprofit and public organizations.

  • Increase the capacity of public and nonprofit executives and board members to incorporate systems thinking in their planning processes.

  • Strengthen organizations’ knowledge and skills in developing effective partnerships and cross-system collaborations.

In six full-day sessions and one evening board session, safety net leaders are trained by  professionals in the field of nonprofit finance, evaluation, diversity and inclusion, and board management. Sessions are offered in a cohort model, so participants are learning alongside their peers across the safety net sector.

For a peek at the current session description, download the PDF below.

How do I register for the System Leadership Capacity Building Program?

The training program is offered in a cohort model, roughly once per year. Interested participants apply to the Foundation to participate during the application period. The application period is currently closed.

The training program is advertised here on our website and via our newsletter and LinkedIn prior to a new cohort starting. If you'd like more information on anticipated dates, please email Emma or Russ.