On Wednesday, November 1st, and Thursday, November 2nd, with generous support provided by JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC), NLC had the privilege to bring together dozens of Tampa Bay nonprofit leaders and nonprofit sustainability author and expert Steve Zimmerman.
November 1st was our annual Board & Senior Leadership Conference as well as the introduction of the 2017-2018 Matrix Map cohort.
Area nonprofits were represented by their executive leaders and Board members, each of whom impressed us with their willingness to dive into Steve's content and begin discussions of the true costs of their programs and services as well as their impact in search of strategic ways to move forward as an organization.
While Steve shared a wealth relevant information and tools over the course of the day, he also built in plenty of time and exercises to allow the leadership teams to discuss and apply these concepts to their unique day-to-day operations.
It was a highly productive and rewarding day, as many attendees told us:
"[I took away] great ideas for communicating sustainability to board and more clearly measuring sustainability."
"As a board member, [this Conference] was extremely valuable hearing about the different considerations that result into a truly sustainable nonprofit."
"[Steve] guided us through exercises that helped us connect ideas that we, as a board, and our organizational leader were each thinking, to better articulate our challenges and create a more concrete vision for our future."
But that was just the beginning for the 10 teams in the Matrix Map cohort, including
• Community Development Corporation of Tampa
• Cristo Rey Tampa High School
• The Cypress Initiative
• GEMS (Girls Empowered Mentally for Success)
• The Grow Group
• Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County
• Metropolitan Ministries
• Nonprofit Leadership Center
• Quantum Leap Farm
• The Spring of Tampa Bay
Their 3-person teams--including the CEO and one Board member--returned the following day for an even more intensive seminar in preparation for building their organization's individual Matrix Map, a tool that will shine a light on the financial viability and true impact of programs.
NLC is thrilled to be one of the teams involved in the Matrix Map cohort, and our cohort members jumped right in to the work!
Team NLC is excited to bring this new, cohort-based learning experience to Tampa Bay as just one of the innovative ways we connect and develop nonprofit leaders in our community. And starting in mid-December the cohort teams will gather at NLC monthly for virtually facilitated and in-person follow-up sessions, as well as take advantage of one-on-one coaching with Steve and his team.
We're looking forward to sharing more from the cohort teams over the course of their 6-month journey. Subscribe to our blog to be sure you receive each update and follow along.
Thank you to JPMC, our 2017 Board & Senior Leadership Conference presenting sponsor and 2017-2018 Matrix Map cohort sponsor.