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

Nonprofit Utopia

Are You Tired of Trying to Save the World All By Yourself?

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?

Join a Community of Nonprofit Leaders Who Are Making a Difference.

  • Nonprofit Utopia provides a high-value networking experience at a reasonable cost. You will have access to what will eventually become a global network of emerging leaders of nonprofits and NGO's that are grappling with similar issues. The answers to your most pressing questions will be just a click away with multiple perspectives and alternatives to consider.
  • Get ongoing professional development through the combination of peer-led conversations, training and workshops.
  • Tap into the network, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from your desktop or mobile device. You will never be alone.
  • Network with peers and other thought leaders to gain access to "insider information" that you won't be able to find on Google to give insights and ideas that you may never have considered on your own.
  • Participate in curated conversations with facilitators to keep discussions on track.
  • Reach out to the host for help in those instances in which you get stuck.

Improve Your Leadership Skills While Building a High-Impact Organization.

The Nonprofit Utopia community uses a combination of networking, peer learning, interactive courses, training and development and live events to maximize the value of your membership.  You will 

  • Be able to assess your organization's strengths and weaknesses and come up with a viable plan of action 
  • Have an opportunity to assess your own leadership style and gain insights from nonprofit thought leaders
  • Get insider tips on what it takes to build a high-impact nonprofit business
  • Get input on your new ideas and strategies from your peers and experts in the field
  • Better understand what funders look for in making investment decisions
  • Be trained on some of the latest techniques and software to increase productivity
  • Be exposed to influencers in the nonprofit industry who can help you further your organization's agenda
  • Have the opportunity to apply for product donations and discounts through member organizations
  • Learn how to develop effective online and peer-to-peer fundraising strategies
  • Understand how to leverage the IRS and state regulating bodies to maintain compliance, strengthen operations and improve marketing and fundraising
  • Gain access to funding and employment opportunities
  • Organize your own group within the community to brainstorm ideas, new programs, policy and advocacy campaigns, etc.

Who Should Join?

  • Emerging nonprofit leaders with a desire to learn as much as they can from experienced professionals who have "been there, done that"
  • Experienced nonprofit leaders who are looking to share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of ethical leaders
  • Career changers and entry level professionals who would like to gain insider information to make their transition to the nonprofit arena easier
  • Board members of organizations who want greater insights into what it takes to successfully govern a nonprofit
  • People who are interested in starting new organizations, programs or initiatives, and who want to better understand best practices
  • People who have a healthy curiosity and/or vested interest in ensuring that nonprofit organizations are growing in a manner that yields the maximum benefit to the community (ie, employees of foundations, corporation, government entities, and donors and attorneys that interface with nonprofits)
  • Faith-based leaders who are interested in understanding the subtle nuances of running faith-based organizations within the boundaries of laws and policies that govern nonprofits.

About Us

Nonprofit Utopia is 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 Utopia 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.

What Makes Us Different?

  • Our host, Valerie F. Leonard, is an active participant in the conversations.  Depending on the situation, Valerie will share insights based on her own experiences, and share additional resources that will help you get where you want to be, faster than you could on your own. 
  • You can get instant feedback on your ideas and documents from Valerie, your peers and other experts.
  • You can complete free and low-cost on-demand courses at your own pace.  Each course has a dedicated discussion group in which you can ask questions of Valerie and exchange ideas with peers. As an added bonus, we include  handouts with exercises to help you retain the material and apply lessons learned to your own situation immediately. 
  • You can participate in live, interactive webinars, with live Q&A and handouts.
  • Our Nonprofit Utopia live podcast features discussions with national nonprofit thought leaders and experts, sharing lessons learned from their own experiences. Listeners can call in and speak with the host and guest, and post questions in the chat room.
  • For an additional fee, you can participate in our evidence-based Emerging Leaders Coaching program to help you meet your individualized goals and objectives.

Our platform is different, too. 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.

Our Mission

The mission of the Nonprofit Utopia community is to develop the  next generation of ethical nonprofit leaders. We 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.

Our Vision

Our vision is to strengthen the global nonprofit sector by providing training and development opportunities for 50,000 emerging nonprofit leaders throughout the world by 2033

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:

  • 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.

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One Last Thing...

We have created 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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