by Wilma Norton in Giving
Community Foundation of Tampa Bay sends local nonprofit trustees to Harvard executive education program
The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (CFTB) will send eight local nonprofit trustees to Harvard Business School’s “Governing for Nonprofit Excellence” program next week as part of a new initiative to build stronger nonprofits through leadership training.
The CFTB Nonprofit Governance Initiative complements the Foundation’s Nonprofit CEO Leadership Program, now in its fifth year, which brings together 20 nonprofit CEOs each year for intensive leadership development training, mentoring and coaching. The CEO program was founded by George Baxter, the first President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. Mary Grace Duffy of Cambridge Hill Partners, whose clients include the nation’s top universities and colleges, is the CEO program director.
The board members participating in the Harvard program all come from nonprofits whose CEOs are graduates of the Nonprofit CEO Leadership Program. When they return from Harvard, they will share what they learned with other nonprofit board members in a series of collaborative sessions.
“The nonprofit community in the Tampa Bay region can greatly affect the quality of life for residents and the vibrancy of our community as a whole,” says Marlene Spalten, President and CEO, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, “By offering these leadership development opportunities for carefully selected nonprofit CEOs and board members, we make the nonprofits stronger and this region a better place to live.”
Attendees to the Harvard Business School program will gain an in-depth look at four core nonprofit governance competencies: board leadership, strategic stewardship, performance management and financial oversight. The program prepares participants for strategic planning and organizational transformation by gaining skills needed to maintain mission clarity, forge effective relationships with CEOs, structure and manage important alliances and achieve financial sustainability.
The nonprofit leaders selected to attend the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program were chosen by Harvard from a slate of nominees submitted by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. They will join 52 other nonprofit trustees from around the country.
The local leaders chosen to attend are:
• Abe Brown Ministries, Dea Wilkins
• Alpha House of Tampa, Haley Maple
• Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Patricia Douglas
• Directions for Living, Katrina Trump
• Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, Jason Clement
• Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Mark Mahaffey & Glenn Mosby
• Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay, Bill Fries
The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay connects donors with nonprofit organizations and community leaders to create a meaningful impact in the Tampa Bay region and beyond. In the 2014/2015 fiscal year, donors with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay provided over $12 million in grants to causes and organizations within the community.