Welcome to Nonprofit Utopia
The ideal community for emerging nonprofit leaders.

Nonprofit Utopia

Who We Are

Coming Soon!  The ideal community for emerging nonprofit leaders will launch from Chicago, in June, 2018. Please sign up for our mailing list by requesting to join, and we will be sure and keep you posted of all the latest developments. In the meantime, learn more about what you can expect when you join below.

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.

Our Core Values

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:

  1. 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. 
  2. Our members' voices matter, and will influence every aspect of the growth and development of the Nonprofit Utopia community.
  3. We comport ourselves with integrity in all we say and do.
  4. We are accountable for our actions and words that we say, and govern ourselves accordingly.  
  5. We strive for excellence.  This is reflected in the quality of our interactions and the content we share.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Why You Should Join

Nonprofit leaders often struggle with the fact that they are so busy working to fulfill their organizations' mission that they have very limited time to get out of the office and talk shop with other professionals that are having similar experiences and challenges. 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.

Membership Benefits

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.

Community Amenities

The Nonprofit Utopia online community has a number of amenities that improve the quality of your membership experience.

  • Start your own conversations. You can ask provocative questions, share your expertise of local issues impacting nonprofits and participate in discussions started by others.  You can also share content, including announcements, special events, job postings, sample documents, photographs, podcasts, videos and links to external articles and resources. You don't need approval from the host before your start posting.
  • Learn from your peers.
  • Participate in live virtual and in-person learning events.
  • Engage in live chats in the member chat room.
  • Create your own polls to keep your fingers on the pulse of hot nonprofit issues that you care about.
  • Solidify your position as a nonprofit thought leader by writing your own blog-style posts.
  • Engage in virtual community organizing by geography, special interests, product or service launch,  special event planning, etc.
  • Network with peers who share the same interests and job titles, or live in the same city.
  • Personalize your experience by following the topics that interest you.
  • Invite other like-minded professionals to join the network.
  • Join the Ambassador Program and be recognized for your level of engagement in the Nonprofit Utopia community.

One Last Thing

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.

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