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CUSTOMIZED INITIATIVES FOR SENIOR LEADERS

COHORT PROGRAMS

WE DESIGN AND FACILITATE COHORTS TO ENHANCE NONPROFIT EFFECTIVENESS

Our clients are typically grantmakers and management support organizations seeking to create a technical assistance initiative. Through these experiences, participants develop personally and professionally, share resources and experiences with one another, and receive coaching to improve their management practices.

OUR 4-STEP DESIGN PROCESS

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ESTABLISH PRIORITIES

We engage your planning committee to articulate priorities and objectives, define ideal participants, and identify opportunities to market to them.

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ENGAGE STAKEHOLDERS

We engage your planning committee to articulate priorities and objectives, define ideal participants, and identify opportunities to market to them.

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DESIGN INITIATIVE

We engage your planning committee to articulate priorities and objectives, define ideal participants, and identify opportunities to market to them.

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ADMINISTER PROGRAM

We engage your planning committee to articulate priorities and objectives, define ideal participants, and identify opportunities to market to them.

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CURRENT AND RECENT INITIATIVES

Since 2006, UPSTART has strengthened the management capacity of DC’s community-based arts and humanities nonprofits. With cohorts of six to nine leaders each year, UPSTART combines organizational assessment, technical assistance, and targeted funding for select capacity building projects. The program cultivates a peer network among participants that encourages mutual professional development, while providing an in-depth organizational assessment to focus on strengthening an organization’s operational capacity to achieve manageable strategic initiatives and using grant support to advance special projects to increase organizational sustainability. 

In 2015, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities contracted with Good Insight to facilitate the cohort and serve as its program administrator. Since that time, the firm has overseen an investment of over $1 million in capacity building support to 23 DC-based arts and humanities nonprofits. For more information or to get involved with Upstart, visit the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities at www.dcarts.dc.gov

In 2017, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities engaged Good Insight to design a companion to Upstart — a capacity building program focused on the executives of small, grassroots, and emerging nonprofits. Good Insight researched program models and conducted focus groups to identify the root causes of these entities’ lack of access to financial resources, the agency’s historically prohibitive funding practices, and recent advancements in equity and inclusion to incorporate leaders of the city’s smaller nonprofits. From these findings, and with collaboration from CAH, Good Insight designed LiftOff to create a safe space for leaders to learn promising management practices from their peers and other experts in the field, while also providing new sources of CAH grant funding and sustained technical assistance over the life of their projects.

Good Insight was contracted to lead LiftOff through its inaugural year. Over eight months, Good Insight administered a $500,000 program investment, designed and executed six peer learning sessions, and provided assessments and direct technical assistance to a cohort of 18 senior leaders.

For more information or to get involved with LiftOff, visit the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities at www.dcarts.dc.gov 

Good Insight’s own Carlyn Madden was involved in the design of the Charge Up Collaborative in 2013, a joint venture to increase the effectiveness of regional capacity building nonprofits. The Charge Up Collaborative is a partnership of leading capacity building organizations in the Greater Washington Region. Members work to strengthen and build high-performing nonprofits by identifying their needs, assessing their readiness, and providing them access to appropriate services. Through the sharing of resources and expertise, Charge Up members strive to improve the sustainability, quality, and impact of the nonprofit sector. 

In 2016, Carlyn returned to direct the project and guided its merger with a Maryland Nonprofits, a collaborative member, in 2017.

For more information or to get involved with the Charge Up Collaborative, visit Maryland Nonprofits at www.marylandnonprofits.org