If your experience is typical of what most nonprofit leaders are going through, there are times when you are so busy working to fulfill your organization’s mission that you don’t have time to get out of the office. You miss the simple pleasures of talking shop with other professionals that are having similar experiences and challenges.
What if you could be a part of a community where you can get your questions answered, from the comfort of your own office, by people who have been there, done that?
We are building Nonprofit Utopia, the ideal community for emerging nonprofit leaders. We have created a safe environment in which our members can innovate, speak candidly about the issues and concerns they face on a daily basis, and share ideas and resources.
The Nonprofit Utopia community is hosted by Valerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development, and host of the Nonprofit "U" podcast. Valerie is the former founding executive director of a neighborhood grant making organization and played an integral role in the framing of a comprehensive planning process for a changing community on Chicago's West Side.
The mission of the Nonprofit Utopia community is to provide ongoing professional development and networking opportunities in which experienced nonprofit professionals can share expertise with the next generation of ethical leaders. The overarching goal of the community is to give our members the tools they need to develop strong organizations that will make a lasting impact.
We will strengthen the global nonprofit sector by providing training and development opportunities for 50,000 emerging nonprofit leaders throughout the world by 2033.
Inspired by Sir Thomas More's "Utopia", a perfect society in which everyone contributes for the good of society as a whole, we strive to create an ideal online community in which everyone makes a meaningful contribution.
We exist in harmony, with minimal interference. Everything is done for the good of our members, and by extension, our clients, communities and the nonprofit sector. While there is no perfect society, we have created an environment with the following core values:
Every member has value, and has something to contribute to the overall well-being of the community. There is mutual respect between rank and file members, group facilitators and the host.
Our members' voices matter, and will influence every aspect of the growth and development of the Nonprofit Utopia community.
We comport ourselves with integrity in all we say and do.
We are accountable for our actions and words that we say, and govern ourselves accordingly.
We strive for excellence. This is reflected in the quality of our interactions and the content we share.
We realize that, in order to maximize the value of the membership experience, we have to give in order to "get." Reciprocity and collaboration are critical.
We believe, that, over time, the knowledge we share and receive in this forum will ultimately help us to be more innovative in our approaches and to make a greater impact on our clients, communities, organizations and the nonprofit sector.
Most traditional social media platforms rely almost exclusively upon the news feed as a means of networking. While the news feeds are dynamic and allow opportunities for everyone to participate, they are somewhat limiting when it comes to "finding your tribe" and facilitating sustained learning experiences.
The Nonprofit Utopia community is powered by the Mighty Networks platform, which facilitates deeper conversations among members and enhances the quality of your membership experience.
As they say, "membership has its privileges." The tangible benefits include invitations to free events, discounts on paid events and programs, the ability to post your own organization's news and special events and the ability to network with other professionals with similar job titles as yours. The intangible benefits include access to a growing network of nonprofit leaders; the ability to keep your finger on the pulse of what's happening in the nonprofit sector in real time and the ability to get instant feedback on your plans, programs, projects, products and services.
The Nonprofit Utopia community was designed to optimize the community member experience. You can
We are creating a safe space within which our members may speak candidly and brainstorm innovative ideas. Therefore, what goes on in Nonprofit Utopia stays in Nonprofit Utopia. Be sure to join us so you don't miss out.