February Updates from The Nonprofit Institute

Bina M. Patel speaking in an auditorium full of people at the Governance Symposium with a Martin Luther King Jr. quote behind her on the screen

Happy New Year! Here are our updates from January and upcoming happenings in February. 

General Updates
We held our 16th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium on January 23rd and 24th. Over 400 attendees representing a variety of nonprofits took part in sessions and plenaries on board governance; diversity, equity and inclusion; and effective leadership. Local organizations, Association of Fundraising Professionals San Diego Chapter and San Diego Workforce Partnership, received the Kaleidoscope Award for Good Governance. It was our best attended Nonprofit Governance Symposium yet. What a way to start the new decade!
Another way to start the new year was with the very generous year-end gift from one of our Advisory Board members, Leslie Hennessy (and her husband Randy Kunkel) to support the Eichen Flieder Matching Challenge for our NPI endowment. 
Thanks to generous scholarship and programmatic support from Advisory Board member Vince Kasperick, we are excited to kick off our third workshop series, Lean Six Sigma for Social Impactin partnership with Dr. Leonard Perry in the Shiley Marcos School of Engineering. Rich Pietras of Solar Turbines is also helping to teach the workshops, along with Ph.D. student, Beverly Codallos. The program trains participants to use Lean Six Sigma methodologies to help their organizations identify ways to streamline operational processes and reduce current inefficiencies and redundancies. The applicant pool for this round was twice the size of the last one - 5 organizations were selected to participate. 

NPI advisory board member Ruth Westreich will have a multi-week-long art exhibit at the University of San Diego displaying 15 of her paintings that are part of her Conversations of Consequence series. There will be several receptions where Ruth will tell the story behind the series, which paints a picture of humanity on the edges of planetary calamity, yet full of possibility for a brighter more sustainable future where we all come together to care for our common home. This exhibit is part of the University's effort to advance its Envisioning 2024 strategic plan, and specifically, the Care for the Common Home Pathway, in order to create changemakers who will confront humanity’s most urgent challenges and take action on environmental priorities.

We have welcomed a new Doctoral Research Assistant, Mehrnoush Jamshidi who will primarily be working with Dr. Green and Connelly Meschen. Mehrnoush is a Ph.D. student within SOLES and her background is in finance and accounting. She is passionate about issues related to climate change and its effects on various social groups, especially women. 
Community Consulting Team Updates
Spring 2020 Nonprofit Academy Workshop Series launched registration January 21st. Registration is almost fully booked! Topics this spring include: Program Planning and Evaluation, Building a Communication Plan, Considering Starting a Nonprofit, and Creating a Culture of Collaboration.
Spring 2020 Nonprofit Academy has been confirmed for Wednesday, May 20th and Thursday, May 21st. Registration to open in April 2020.
Research at The Nonprofit Institute Updates
NPI is engaged in a new research project with the San Diego Natural History Museum to assess how its educational programs align with its institutional goals and the needs of the broader educational community. This project began in January and will be completed in June 2020.
NPI is leading two workshops with Voices for Children, a local nonprofit supporting foster youth. The workshops are designed to support staff in developing evaluation goals and tools in order to improve their ability to measure the impact of their Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. The workshops will take place in February and March 2020.
Conscious Leadership Academy Updates
The CLA worked with the Department of Leadership Studies on the Leadership for Change Group Relations conference held January 17-19.
The CLA presented two workshops from the Dare to Lead™ program on Values and Vulnerability at the Nonprofit Governance Symposium.
CLA is working with USD's Department of Professional and Continuing Education on an April Dare to Lead™ two-day training.
Environment Initiatives Hub Updates
The Climate Collaborative has been working on the final report for the Regional Adaptation Needs Assessment, to be completed in March as well as moving forward on work for their Water and Equity Grant from The San Diego Foundation.
The Climate Collaborative will host its first network meeting in 2020 which will highlight new Board leadership, new strategic training partnerships, and its new membership model.
Leaders 2020 held its monthly Bites & Bigwigs luncheon at the University of San Diego with Supervisor Nathan Fletcher of District 4. Leaders 2020 also held a board training this month with certified board trainer and Director of Governance and Community Programs, Lyn Corbett! These graduates were able to network with current nonprofit boards who are seeking new board members at the Governance Symposium's Board Matching Happy Hour.


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