Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Nonprofit Special Interest Group Off to Strong Start

Posted on Wednesday, March 09, 2011 by International Coach Federation

I have been amazed at the richness of the conversations we have had so far during our nonprofit special interest group calls. We have a variety of participants ranging from those who are just dipping their toes into the nonprofit waters to those who have experience working with social sector organizations throughout the world. Members of the group hail from Europe, Canada and the United States. Our calls are one hour and are held on the second Monday of each month at 12 p.m. (New York Time/Eastern Standard Time).

Our last call focused on ideas on how to connect and build relationships with potential clients within the nonprofit community. There was a consensus among us that the nonprofit sector is not easy to break into when you are viewed as an “outsider.” One of the recommendations was to join the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals or some other group that has nonprofit professionals as its members. Another idea was to volunteer to do speaking engagements in the nonprofit community in order to connect and build relationships.

Our next call, on March 14th, will be about group coaching in the sector. Our calls are only moderately structured, with half the time devoted to discussing the “topic of the month” determined by the group, and the remainder dedicated to an open forum where people are free to ask questions or get feedback from the group. Please join us!! We have new participants every call. The call-in number is +1.212.457.9879 and the pin is 622186#.

Karen Ramsey, ACC, March 2011

1 comment:

  1. Thanks to ICF & members who initiated this group. As a coach for cancer survivors & caregivers, the timing is perfect for me to learn more about this topic so I can expand the reach of my programs to those in need via non-profit. Looking forward to joining the call on Monday.


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