The nonprofit sector continually strives to maximize organizational effectiveness, develop the next generation of leaders and facilitate executive transitions.

Informing Change has been at the forefront of this movement, working with clients to assess the effectiveness of various leadership development techniques.

Read about these examples of our current and recent leadership work.

21st Century Fellows Program

In 2009, the Pipeline Project and the Flexible Leadership Investments Program created the 21st Century Fellows Program with the support of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the Arcus Foundation and the Gill Foundation. The primary goal of the 21st Century Fellows Program is to retain and advance diversity leadership in LGBT organizations. It meets this goal by recruiting people of color in senior or middle management positions to receive holistic programming including hard and soft leadership skills, opportunities ... Learn more »

Coaching and Philanthropy Project

Coaching can be a powerful tool in the development of nonprofit leadership.

The Coaching and Philanthropy Project is a partnership between Informing Change informing change, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, and Leadership that Works. This work was made possible by the generous funding and support of W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Harnisch Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund.

The resultant Coaching and Philanthropy Project produced a new body ... Learn more »

Blue Shield of California Foundation – Clinic Leadership Institute

Clinic Leadership Institute (CLI), a signature program of Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF), focuses on strengthening leadership in California’s community health centers field. CLI offers intensive, experiential instruction and supports (e.g., seminars, customized leadership projects, peer networking) through its Emerging Leaders, Executive Excellence, New Executive Transitions and CLI alumni programs.

BSCF engages Informing Change to conduct a multi-tiered evaluation of CLI’s effectiveness and impact on participating individuals and teams, their organizations and the broader health centers field. Informing Change’s evaluation ... Learn more »

Jewish Funds for Justice – Selah Leadership Program

In 2008, Jewish Funds for Justice received funding from the Nathan Cummings Foundation to redesign their Selah Leadership Program. Selah staff wanted to strengthen the program and its contribution to the Jewish social justice movement. They envisioned providing participants with leadership training, opportunities for social networking and a focus on collaboration.

Informing Change was hired to measure the program’s impact in a number of areas:

  • Individual leadership
  • Organizational change
  • Network and movement building
  • The role of Jewish values in social justice leadership development

The evaluation findings will inform Selah’s staff, ... Learn more »

Jim Joseph Foundation – Professional Development Institute

The Professional Development Institute (PDI) is a seven-year, seven-million–dollar program of the Jim Joseph Foundation housed at BBYO. The Program seeks to increase the capacity and commitment of talented, early-career Jewish professionals to build a career in Jewish communal institutions.

BBYO professionals participating in the program receive an MBA with a focus on nonprofit management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, a certificate in informal Jewish Education from Hebrew College, a mentor in the Jewish communal sector, and career ... Learn more »

The James Irvine Foundation – Fund for Leadership Advancement Program

The James Irvine Foundation’s Fund for Leadership Advancement Initiative was established to support nonprofit leaders to propel their organizations toward the next stage of growth. Leaders have access to a variety of flexible and customized supports, including executive coaching, visits to peer institutions, participation in executive seminars and organizational development consulting. Informing Change conducted an evaluation of the program and produced a report, which describes the grantmaking model and its impacts, including how to support executive coaching as ... Learn more »