Nonprofit Professional Development

"I learned a lot from this experience, and participating created valuable and interesting connections
with other leaders in my community and region. I would highly recommend this for any emerging leader!"
Participant, Emerging Social Sector Leaders program, 2016

The Santa Fe Community Foundation is committed to supporting nonprofits in achieving their missions with excellence. Through peer connection, community dialogue, and professional development, we hope you find our programs relevant and inspiring. Let us know what's on your mind - we love hearing from you.

Please see below and visit our full calendar for program details - and make sure you are on our mailing list so that you don't miss a thing.


It's a given that leadership is critical. In the social sector, where we are so often working with limited resources, vulnerable populations, and fundamental needs, we think this is even more true. Whether you are just beginning your nonprofit career, are a seasoned veteran, or are entering the field from another sector, we design our leadership programs to support you, and your organization's, ongoing evolution. 

2017 Nonprofit Board Programs
The Santa Fe Community Foundation, in partnership with SCORE Santa Fe, will be hosting its next multi-session Board Orientation Program in late summer/fall of 2017. We will have dates and application information announced soon. Participants in the 2016-17 pilot gave the program high marks for its depth, format, and presenters. If you have questions about this work or would like to be added to an update list, please contact Annmarie McLaughlin.  

2017 Executive Director Learning Circle, A Peer Network Facilitated by Roy Bowen
Serving as the Executive Director at a nonprofit organization is an incredible opportunity and a particular challenge. It requires knowledge, stamina, resilience, and leadership. It also requires peer connection, candid discussion, and inspired creativity.

If you are a current Executive Director at an area nonprofit, please consider joining us for these sessions. The peer-focused discussion groups are organized around a specific topic with enough flexibility to allow for diverse conversation.

All sessions take place from 8:30-10:30am at the Santa Fe Communtiy Foundation, 501 Halona Street in Santa Fe.
There is no charge to attend but please register here so that we have you counted!

Fall dates have been confirmed and topics will be announced soon. Get us on your calendar!
      Thursday, August 10, 2017
     Thursday, September 14, 2017
     Thursday, October 12, 2017 
Thursday, November 9, 2017

2017 Emerging Social Sector Leaders, An Immersion Program for Developing Leaders Facilitated by Vicki Pozzebon
We are very excited to be presenting a second cohort of Emerging Leaders in 2017! This immersion program weaves together the learning circle model with elements of professional development and mentorship. Through facilitated leadership development and peer networking, this immersion program will:

  •     Advance understanding and practice of leading in the nonprofit sector;
  •     Strengthen network of nonprofit colleagues through peer-to-peer learning and support;
  •     Deepen understanding of leadership capacity through gained leadership skills.

    Participation in this program is via application. Please see full description here and contact Annmarie McLaughlin with questions.
    All sessions take place from 1-5pm at the Santa Fe Communtiy Foundation, 501 Halona Street in Santa Fe.
         Friday, August 25, 2017
         Friday, September 29, 2017
         Friday, October 27, 2017
         Friday, December 8, 2017

Best Practices Workshops

    The Top 15 Strategic Mistakes Nonprofits Make
    with Allan Pressel
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    No charge. Please register here.

   Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Done Right
   Webinar hosted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy
   Thursday, March 16, 2017
   No charge. Please register here.

   Myths of Crowdsourcing: Understanding the Actual Potential of Online Fundraising
   Workshop with Rob Morlino
   Friday, April 21, 2017
   No charge. Please register here

   Prospect Research for Smaller Organizations
   Workshop with Jennifer Kilbourn
   Wednesday, May 3, 2017
   Sliding Scale Fees. Please register here.

   Annual Appeals: The Load Bearing Wall of Your Fundraising Program
   Workshop with Jennifer Kilbourn
   Tuesday, September 19, 2017
   Sliding Scale Fees. Please register here.

Organizational Management
   Leading Inclusively, A Panel with Women Leaders
   Webinar hosted by the Foundation Center
   Tuesday, March 7, 2017
   No charge. Please register here.

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