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NLC Launches Nonprofit Capacity Building Program Funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Friday, November 3, 2017  
Posted by: Jen Dodd, Director of Education & Communications
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Contact: Jennifer Dodd,
Director of Education & Communications



NLC Launches Nonprofit Capacity Building Program
Funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Ten Hillsborough County nonprofits selected to participate in 6-month, cohort-based learning experience with sustainability expert and author, Steve Zimmerman.

After a competitive application process, ten (10) Hillsborough County nonprofits have been accepted into the Nonprofit Leadership Center (NLC) Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative’s 2017-2018 Matrix Map Cohort.

CEO Emily Benham, FAHP, CFRE, describes the newest NLC capacity-building initiative: “Thanks to a generous sponsorship by JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Nonprofit Leadership Center has established the NLC Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative. We have contracted sustainability thought leader and author Steve Zimmerman of Spectrum Nonprofit Services to lead a limited cohort of 10 Hillsborough County nonprofits through a 6-month, experiential learning series with a value of $5,000 per team. The leadership teams will create an action plan to strengthen their nonprofit’s sustainability. They will be the 2017-2018 Matrix Map Cohort.”

“JPMorgan Chase & Co. is deeply committed to building the capacity of local, community-based nonprofit organizations,” said Brent Semachko, executive director of JPMorgan Chase’s Office of Nonprofit Engagement. “We are proud to support the Nonprofit Leadership Center and the ten nonprofit organizations selected for the first Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative Matrix Map Cohort.”

The 2017-2018 Matrix Map Cohort includes 3-member leadership teams from:

  • 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

Each team includes the nonprofit’s CEO or Executive Director, a board member, and a member of staff active in financial and programmatic decision-making.

The Matrix Map Cohort will launch at the NLC’s 2017 Board & Senior Leadership Conference, themed Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, at Feathersound Country Club on November 1st, 2017. Steve Zimmerman will be the keynote speaker. Each team will be the guest of the Conference Presenting Sponsor, JPMorgan Chase & Co. 

The cohort will continue to meet monthly through May 2018. Through a series of in-person and virtual sessions as well as one-one-one coaching with nationally recognized expert Zimmerman, each team in the cohort will create a Matrix Map—a visual depiction of the nonprofit’s business model showing how each activity of the organization contributes to the overall impact and financial bottom line.

“This is an extraordinary project made possible by generous funding from JPMorgan Chase & Co.,” Benham says. The entire cost of each organization's participation in this intensive, invitation-only program has been generously underwritten by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Conference speaker and cohort facilitator Steve D. Zimmerman, CPA, MBA, is the Principal of Spectrum Nonprofit Services and provides training and consulting in finance and strategy for community-based organizations, foundations and government agencies throughout the country. Zimmerman is co-author of two books on nonprofit sustainability published by Jossey-Bass: The Sustainability Mindset: Using the Matrix Map to Make Strategic Decisions with Jeanne Bell of CompassPoint and best-seller Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability with Jeanne Bell and Jan Masaoka of Blue Avocado.


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About JPMorgan Chase

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