By Robert Meiksins, CEO
Welcome to the CEO blog, or the blog from the big chair. (The chair in the picture is actually outside of an incredible museum in Glasgow, Scotland.) This blog will be about some of the things I notice, trends I am seeing, or issues I am hearing about as I travel through the sector. Sometimes I might say things that can be considered a little strong, but please forgive those as “overstatement for effect,” as a friend of mine used to say.
This blog is adapted from a series of emails I sent out over the past few weeks to some of our members and service users. Apologies to them for repeating myself.
Let’s start out talking about the Nonprofit Center. At the same time as hitting my 100 day mark in the CEO role here, we are heading towards the New Year and the time to make resolutions and plans. Here at NPC we are thinking about some big plans, and I would like to share them with you. Just to make it easy to remember, we are calling this:
The Three C's:
The first C is Capacity Building. This is what the Nonprofit Center is most known for, and it is at the heart of what we do for the sector. Next year we are going to implement a few new things and strengthen what we already do. Here are some examples:
The second C is Chamber of Commerce. I don't mean that the Nonprofit Center will become a traditional Chamber of Commerce, but we could start to act like one. It is our belief that the nonprofit sector is an equal and equally vital element of our society along with the Private sector and the Public sector. The role of a Chamber of Commerce is to enhance the business environment for the industry being served, and that is something this Nonprofit Center will begin to do. There are many ways we can do that, and here are just a few thoughts:
The third and final C is Connecting for Impact. I list this one last, but it certainly is not least: in fact, it may be the most critical thing we do.
To me, the nonprofit sector is about connecting: connecting people to the resources they need to thrive, connecting people to learning, to food, to each other, to entertainment. So, it only makes sense that the Nonprofit Center should also be about connecting. Connecting the people and organizations in the sector to create a strong, seamless web to enhance the community.
How do we connect?
That sums up what we have been talking about at the Nonprofit Center. We believe that the client we serve is the nonprofit sector as a whole. That means the organizations, staff, boards, volunteers, donors - everyone and everything involved in a nonprofit in some way.
Thanks for reading and for being interested in the Nonprofit Center. Have a delightful holiday and I’ll be back with the next exciting installment of the blog from the big chair in a couple of weeks if not sooner.