LEAD 2019-2020

CNS’s Leadership, Education, and Development program
for future and current nonprofit leaders

CNS’s Newest Program LEAD (Leadership, Education, and Development)

LEAD engages two parallel learning cohorts in each community—one made up of future nonprofit leaders and one made up of current leaders—for an intensive program of training, peer support, and professional development.

The trainings for future leaders will develop emerging talent within the nonprofit sector by offering skill-building, resources, and mentorship to community members 18 to 40 years old. The trainings for current nonprofit leaders are designed to help local organizations better recruit and retain younger members and increase their board management skills.

CNS will connect the cohorts to encourage the placement of future leaders at local nonprofits. At the end of the five-month training series, LEAD participants from both cohorts will come together to plan and host a nonprofit fair in their community. After the fair, future leaders will participate in three months of peer learning facilitated by CNS. Participation in the program is free.

The goals of this program include:

  • Creating a network of skilled, resourceful nonprofits leaders and improving organizational effectiveness
  • Activating a network of thoughtful and effective changemakers who bring creativity and fresh perspectives to solving our communities’ most pressing issues
  • Developing young people’s sustained commitment to their communities

Currently, CNS is offering LEAD 2019-2020 in two locations: Astoria, Klamath Falls, and Pendleton. LEAD is generously sponsored by funders such as The Ford Family Foundation and The Wildhorse Foundation.

We plan to offer LEAD in more locations as additional funding is secured. If you’re a business or foundation interested in sponsoring a LEAD program in your community, please get in touch today!


Apply for the 2019-2020 Program

Participation is free!
Please see our program requirements below.

Future Leaders

Nonprofit Organizations


Requirements
  • All applicants must be 18 years of age to apply and participate. (Our age range for emerging leaders is 18 to 40, but if you’re slightly older than 40 and still want to participate, please don’t hesitate.)
  • We ask all applicants to commit to attend at least five out of the six events.
  • Nonprofit organizations may have one representative in the program. More staff and board members are encouraged to attend the nonprofit fair in May.
Astoria Calendar

Astoria

 

Current Leaders Future Leaders
Kick-off Event
Wed, October 23rd
(Board Roles & Responsibilities)
Thu, October 24th
(Nonprofits 101)
Board Management Wed, November 13th Thu, November 14th
Fundraising & Financial Stewardship
Wed, January 22nd Thu, January 23rd
Board Recruitment & Retention Wed, February 19th Thu, February 20th
Celebration & Planning Session for Fair Wed, March 18th or Thu, March 19th
Community Nonprofit and Public Service Fair May: Exact date TBD by cohorts

Note: Training events, with the exception of the fair in May, are 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Food will be provided. Topics will remain the same, but their corresponding dates are subject to change up until the start of the program.

Community Nonprofit and Public Service Fair
This fair will include a networking opportunity between the cohorts; the cohort of young leaders will be introduced to the organizations that participated in the program and be given the opportunity to apply for a position on their boards. Additionally, local nonprofits will be invited to host a table and showcase their services. The public will be invited to meet nonprofit representatives from their community, learn about their services, and take part in family-friendly activities.

Klamath Falls Calendar

Klamath Falls

Current Leaders Future Leaders
Kick-off Event
Tue, October 29th
(Board Roles & Responsibilities)
Wed, October 30th
(Nonprofits 101)
Board Management Wed, November 20th Thu, November 21st
Fundraising & Financial Stewardship
Wed, January 29th Thu, January 30th
Board Recruitment & Retention Wed, February 26th Thu, February 27th
Celebration & Planning Session for Fair Wed, April 1st or Thu, April 2nd
Community Nonprofit and Public Service Fair May: Exact date TBD by cohorts

Note: Training events, with the exception of the fair in May, are 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Food will be provided. Topics will remain the same, but their corresponding dates are subject to change up until the start of the program.

Community Nonprofit and Public Service Fair
This fair will include a networking opportunity between the cohorts; the cohort of young leaders will be introduced to the organizations that participated in the program and be given the opportunity to apply for a position on their boards. Additionally, local nonprofits will be invited to host a table and showcase their services. The public will be invited to meet nonprofit representatives from their community, learn about their services, and take part in family-friendly activities.

Pendleton Calendar

Pendleton

Current Leaders Future Leaders
Kick-off Event
January
(Board Roles & Responsibilities)
January
(Nonprofits 101)
Fundraising & Financial Stewardship
February February
Board Management March March
Board Recruitment & Retention April April
Celebration & Planning Session for Fair May
Community Nonprofit and Public Service Fair July

Note: Training events, with the exception of the fair in July, will take place during weekday evenings. Food will be provided. Exact dates to be announced by the end of 2019.

Community Nonprofit and Public Service Fair
This fair will include a networking opportunity between the cohorts; the cohort of young leaders will be introduced to the organizations that participated in the program and be given the opportunity to apply for a position on their boards. Additionally, local nonprofits will be invited to host a table and showcase their services. The public will be invited to meet nonprofit representatives from their community, learn about their services, and take part in family-friendly activities.

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Thank you to our generous sponsors!