Learn, share and collaborate with your nonprofit colleagues

The Center provides opportunities for nonprofit leaders and staff to come together in a safe place to find solutions together. Our Peer Cohorts discuss common challenges, failures and successes, formulate innovative ideas and explore ways to reach mutual goals through collaborative efforts.

Participation in the Center's Peer Cohorts is limited to Center members only. If your organization is not currently a member, we encourage you to Join!


The Center has four established Peer Cohorts. If you are interested in forming a cohort for another role, please contact Patrick Rabiecki, Member Associate.

Created for leadership/management staff charged with meeting the ongoing challenges of funding, this cohort will address multiple aspects, including donor stewardship, volunteer organization and membership services. Explore solutions and new ideas together … discover what you’re doing right … learn what you could do better.

Center Industry Expert Rebecca Diamond is leading this cohort. A seasoned professional, Rebecca has held leadership roles in managing grants, donor cultivation and events for a variety of nonprofits, including the Spy Museum’s successful transition from for-profit to nonprofit.

Next meeting is August 25, 11:30am-1:00pm
Focus: Happiness is needed more than ever

Guest discussion leader Adreina Pradas, founder of inhance, LLC, will share practical techniques to enhance life and find “sustainable happiness” despite everything that’s going on around us.

To join this cohort, please email Rebecca Diamond.

Created for leadership/management staff charged with ensuring your nonprofit maintains a strong, recognized brand and effective, consistent messaging to your audiences. As you know, communications is how you initiate support for your cause, raise political awareness, engage volunteers, inspire giving, access institutional donors and, most importantly, connect with your clients.

This cohort aims to focus on strategic planning, brand/identity, intentional messaging, budgeting, the board’s role, aligning with fundraising and other key functions, storytelling, social media, crisis communications, relationship management systems and more.

Next meeting is Wednesday, September 16, 12:00-1:00pm
Focus: Social Media

Guest discussion leader Scott Talan from American University will share his expertise honed through experience in four distinct fields: TV News, Politics, Nonprofits/NGO's and Higher Education.

If you would like to join the MarCom Cohort, please email Ellen Pochekailo.

The CEO Cohort limits the number of participants. It opens for new members January - March each year. If you are interested in learning more or would like to join, please email Ericka Best.

Created for leadership/management staff responsible for operations, the COO Cohort welcomes new members year round. The group generally meets once a month from 8:30-9:30am.

Next meeting is Thursday, August 27, 8:30-9:30am
Focus: What is an Interim Executive Director

Guest discussion leader Kathy Taylor Gaubatz, a consultant and member of the Interim Executive Network, will share insights on how to hire and utilize an interim executive director, and the significant benefits to your organization.

If you are interested in joining, please email Taylor Strange.