The unique feature of this Institute is that it was designed based on in-depth insights of stakeholders in the U.S. nonprofit sector, and it reflects the views of seasoned practitioners regarding the need and urgency for intentional and comprehensive board member development. In order to create a program that best meets the needs of the sector, we first conducted a Field Assessment of the challenges of the Jewish sector and how to best help lay leaders address such challenges. We then surveyed potential strategic partners, senior professional staff and current board members of Jewish nonprofits to test and refine our findings before bringing a solution to the marketplace.
There are aspects of working within the Jewish community and with Jewish organizations that are in fact unique, and consequently, the sector has its own distinct challenges and opportunities. Some specific examples of where we will tailor the curriculum include capacity building, strengthening the lay/pro relationship and talent recruitment and retention. We will also bring in top practitioners in the Jewish space to supplement the courses taught by Kellogg faculty. Lastly, the Institute provides lay leaders with a wide variety of experience from different programmatic backgrounds a space to learn, network and mentor.
Read the Assessment of Lay Leadership in the Jewish Nonprofit Sector
Read the Executive Summary & Key Findings of the Lay Leadership Training Survey for Nonprofit Leaders