RCLA E-News July / August 2011
While diversity has increased in the public service workforce, it is still largely lacking at senior levels. A new guide from RCLA and National Urban Fellows shares practical steps for individuals and organizations to foster inclusion. The report highlights specific elements for developing an inclusive organization, questions to consider in tracking progress and NUF's new Inclusive Leadership Model. The report is part of a series that RCLA scholars Bethany Godsoe and Waad El Hadidy presented at the NUF Public Service Leadership Diversity Summit from June 14-15 in Atlanta, Georgia.
In a new project supported by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, RCLA is reaching out to grassroots nonprofits, technical assistance providers and funders across the US to learn about creative fundraising and revenue generation strategies for social change work. A report on new approaches and actionable recommendations will be shared widely with the social change and grantmaking communities. We are asking social change nonprofits, technical assistance providers and funders for your help in completing a short survey on the practices you use and/or have seen succeed in the field.
Nonprofit and government executives, funders and scholars presented the latest strategies for effective nonprofit performance measurement, management and reporting at a two-day conference hosted by Charity Navigator, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Liquidnet and RCLA in June. The event provided a behind-the-scenes look at the systems top nonprofits are using, measurement in NYC government agencies, challenges for philanthropists seeking to drive money to high-performing nonprofits, and Charity Navigator’s 2.0 expansion beyond reporting on nonprofit finances to performance results.
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A new RCLA archive of findings from research over eight years with 150 grassroots organizations offers a unique window into how nonprofits are practicing more collective forms of leadership to produce social change. The archive includes: curricular resources for college and graduate-level courses; materials for trainings, presentations and practice based on timely insights from experienced nonprofit leaders; and primary and secondary research data with rich detail on nonprofit leadership practices, research approaches that bridge the academic-practitioner divide and voices of people engaged in making social change possible. The archive complements an overview of research findings in “How Social Change Organizations Create Leadership Capital and Realize Abundance amidst Scarcity.”
The Leadership Learning Community and RCLA invite you to join us for a Leadership Learning Circle to explore key ideas and recommendations from an upcoming LLC publication, Leadership and Networks. The report focuses on the potential to increase impact by strengthening the capacity to utilize network strategies and social media tools. The brown bag lunch will be held at the Surdna Foundation, July 18, 11:30am-1:30pm
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RCLA’s Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service is now accepting applications for the 2012 Class. Through twice-monthly evening workshops, 30 recent college graduates have opportunities to reflect on and enhance their leadership skills and practices, hear from senior-level experts about personal strategies for succeeding in public service, work closely with mentors, develop a career plan, and build a support network. Applicants must work full-time in public service in NYC. Applications are due by noon EST on August 30, 2011.
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Collaborative Inquiry is an innovative approach to action research that enables practitioners to work with other dynamic individuals to ask and answer critical questions about their practice. Through an intensive, two-day RCLA training, participants will gain the practical skills to facilitate Cooperative Inquiry processes with various groups and document the learning that results. The training is particularly helpful for people who promote learning and organizational development, those interested in participatory action research, and researchers who want to learn new methods for involving communities in their work. The training will be held at NYU Wagner on December 2-3, 2011.
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RCLA Faculty Director Sonia Ospina will present a paper co-authored with RCLA scholars on “Theorizing about Social Change Leadership” at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. She will also participate as faculty in the pre-conference research workshop for doctoral students of the Academy’s Public and Nonprofit Management Division. August 12-16, 2011.
See you in September! The next edition of RCLA's E-newsletter will be published in early September. From all of us at RCLA, have a wonderful summer!