October 4, 2018

Innovative new program offers free leadership development to nonprofit employees

The Allstate Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Center aims to strengthen communities with content from the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management

With limited resources, constant uncertainty about budgets, and a drive to always do more, the nonprofit world is challenging. One thing’s for certain, the leaders and staff members who are committed to their cause are the foundation for successful a venture.

But even the most motivated nonprofit workers could always use additional guidance and inspiration. One new way they can find it is through a new program through The Allstate Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Center.

The Allstate Foundation announced last week the expansion of its Nonprofit Leadership Center, an online and in-person nonprofit leadership development program offering free curriculum for all nonprofit professionals. The curriculum, developed by the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University, covers topics including leadership, management, and stakeholder engagement.

“Nonprofit organizations play a critical role in making our communities stronger, safer, and more prosperous. That’s why it’s vital we invest in and work to cultivate the growth of the nonprofit sector,” said Vicky Dinges, Allstate’s senior vice president of corporate relations. “By offering nonprofit leaders with access to high-quality professional development opportunities, we can support their efforts to care for, build and improve our communities, which benefits us all.”

In addition to offering the proven in-person program opportunity, The Allstate Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Center offers two new online leadership development training options to expand the number of nonprofit professionals who can benefit from the program. Each option was designed to accommodate nonprofit leaders’ diverse skill sets, experience and leadership aspirations. The three distinct training option formats are:

  • Management Essentials On-Demand: Created for emerging leaders at all nonprofits, the on-demand, self-paced online lessons help nonprofit professionals understand key theories of nonprofit management and gain new skills in such areas as nonprofit finance, marketing and communications, mission-driven strategy and influence and adaptability.
  • Management Essentials Online Connection: Developed for emerging nonprofit leaders interested in facilitated learning covering management fundamentals, participants will be assigned a cohort to take the online lessons together and participate in group discussions, peer mentoring and networking.
  • Executive Leadership Program: Best suited for nonprofit leaders with 10 to 20 years of nonprofit experience, the in-person training helps nonprofit professionals evolve as leaders through customized coaching, individual development opportunities and in-person interaction. This elite learning experience is open to 30 participants per year. The current cohort concludes in May 2019.

Interested nonprofit professionals can go to AllstateFoundation.org to access the Management Essentials On-Demand content at any time and to join the next cohort in the Management Essentials Online Classroom training. Applications for the Executive Leadership Program Class of 2020 will be available in spring 2019.

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