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Cape Community Foundation makes national impression

By Staff | May 26, 2017

Photo provided Those attending the Philanthropy Experts and Leaders Academy April 23-25 at the Westin Hotel in Cape Coral.

Leadership development is key to creating long-term sustainable systems within nonprofit organizations. At the heart of these systems are the organizations’ executive directors, fundraising professionals and senior program talent.

Cape Coral Community Foundation was excited to convene a group of national generosity leaders at its recent Philanthropy Experts and Leaders Academy, held April 23-25 at the Westin Hotel in Cape Coral. Foundation executives and philanthropy experts enjoyed programming and resources tailored to the most senior staff role at their organizations.

This diverse group of dynamic individuals, it turns out, are united by a common, nagging concern that nonprofit boards and executive directors do not invest in their people. As long as there is a lack of staff development and training relevant to key leadership positions, neither the leadership nor the organization can be as effective as it could be.

“The challenge facing nonprofits is not lack of funding, it is a lack of leadership development,” said Dr. Tina Dupree, corporate foundation consultant and former vice president of Church’s Chicken Foundation. “Essentially, you have nonprofits raising funds for programs being led by people who are not well-trained to do their jobs effectively.”

There are many nonprofit leaders who feel isolated and alone. They feel overburdened by the pressure to host fundraising events that wear them out, and with little or no financial return. They are struggling to find program volunteers and board members while raising enough money to meet their overhead expenses.

The Fundraising Institute is an excellent resource for cultivating talented development officers and executive philanthropic leadership for nonprofit organizations. As a program of Cape Coral Community Foundation, which is widely known as the global center for generosity,the Fundraising Institute provides effective guidance and strategies for building a diversified funding base, raising unrestricted funds to support operation and programs and creating innovation nonprofit funding models.

“The Cape Coral Community Foundation is no longer a best-kept secret it is a game changer,” said Mary Wong, president of the Office Depot Foundation. “I will partner with Michael Chatman and the Cape Coral Community Foundation to support nonprofit leadership and board member development, as well as to create a pipeline for fundraising talent who can offer more than fundraising event planning or grant writing. The goal is to create sustainable programs and revenue models.”

Michael Chatman is president & CEO of the Cape Coral Community Foundation, the global center for generosity, and can be reached at michael@capecoralcr.org, on Twitter @michaelchatman. The foundation is located at 1405 SE 47th Terrace, Unit 2, Cape Coral. For information, call 239-542-5594 or go to: capecoralcf.org