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.

The Center has two established Peer Cohorts—one for Executive Leadership (CEO/ED) and one for Chief Operating Officers (COO). We're excited to announce that ...

We are now launching two new cohorts—Development and Marketing/Communications!


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 piloting the development of 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.

Center members are invited to get in on the ground floor and help shape what this cohort becomes. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required. Email Rebecca to reserve your seat. Please bring your own lunch. Beverages will be provided.

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.

The plan for this cohort is 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.

We are currently in the initial planning stage of this cohort to determine the level of interest. If you would like to join the Marketing/Communications Cohort and/or be part of its development, please email Ellen Pochekailo.

The CEO Cohort limits the number of participants, opening for new members once a year. The opportunity to join is open now through March 31, 2020, when it will close again for the remainder of 2020. If you are interested in joining, please email Ericka Best before the closing date.

The COO Cohort welcomes new members year round. The group generally meets once a month from 8:30-9:30am at the Center.  Consider joining before one of the 2020 Spring meetings!

MARCH: Focusing on inclusion within your organization
Guest presenter - Erin Carlson Mast, CEO of President Lincoln’s Cottage and EXCEL winner

APRIL: Managing volunteers who support your mission
Guest presenter - Charles Evans, Founder and Lead Consultant of BlackStar Consulting

MAY: How to Understand, Calculate and Advocate for the True Costs of Running Programs - and getting the indirect cost rate we need from funders to run financially resilient organizations
Guest presenter - Tony Bowen, Lead Consultant with FMA

Email Taylor Strange to join this Cohort.

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!


For more information or to join a cohort, please contact:

CEO Cohort: Ericka Best
COO Cohort: Taylor Strange
Development Cohort: Rebecca Diamond
Marketing/Communications Cohort: Ellen Pochekailo