The Center for Nonprofit Leadership Celebrates 30 Years of Service
From humble roots in 1991 at the Ventura County Community Foundation, the Center for Nonprofit Leadership created impactful programs by responding continuously to the needs of the sector’s professionals and staff, welcoming excellent regional practitioners and national experts to lead workshops and growing our resources so we could share them.
In 2016, the Center for Nonprofit Leadership found a home as a program within Cal Lutheran’s School for Professional and Continuing Studies. In this chapter of our story, we launched innovative programs that prepare volunteers for the huge responsibility of board service, took on racial justice and equity issues in the nonprofit sector, and partnered with Cal Lutheran’s faculty and students as they explore lives of purpose and vocation, committed to service and justice.
Along the road we have traveled with our fellow nonprofits, we have been tested by disaster: the crash of Alaska Flight 261 off our coast in 2000, the Crop Freeze of 2007, the Great Recession of 2008, the Thomas Fire in 2017 followed a year later by the Hill/Woolsey fires and tragedy at the Borderline Bar and Grill. In each instance, nonprofits galvanized, coordinated, and mobilized in response. Little did we know how critical our collective efforts would be in the face of what was to come in 2020.
As we reflect on 30 years of service, our NONPROFIT STARS have demonstrated resilience and adaptation, organizational success, grants big and small, transformational change in meeting the basic needs of our neighbors and friends. As nonprofit leaders, we have cried together in quiet corners of conference rooms, tears of happiness and joy and of anxiety and uncertainty. The Center for Nonprofit Leadership serves as a safe harbor, where we take very seriously the trust our community places in our work.
As we celebrate Cal Lutheran Cares Day, we double down on our commitment: excellent workshops and networking opportunities where staff, board members, and volunteers will learn, grow and build relationships with one another; intensive programs such as our Board Leadership Institute, that aids in strengthening governance practices in the nonprofit boardroom and the continued scaling of the Center’s Board Service Bootcamp where under-represented and under-recruited corporate and community leaders can tap into their personal values and passion to prepare for future nonprofit board service. Ours is a table where all are welcome.
Our work is far from complete. But as the last three decades demonstrate our combined efforts have been rich and rewarding. Knowing what we can achieve together, join us as we journey forward in the next 30 years.
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