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Nonprofit Lifecycles Capacity Building - Virtual Workshop

This session will present a practical way to approach nonprofit capacity for your organization, using the award-winning Nonprofit Lifecycles seven-stage model.

 Export to Your Calendar 11/4/2020
When: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
9:00 am - 2:30pm
Where: Virtual Course
United States
Contact: The Alliance Team
602-279-2966 x22

Online registration is available until: 11/4/2020
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Investing In Your Nonprofit's Capacity

Using seven lifecycle stages to describe predictable growing pains nonprofits experience at each stage of organizational development, this session will present a practical way to think about and approach nonprofit capacity for your organization.

The workshop is based on the award-winning book, Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity, and is ideal for executives and board members of nonprofits small and large, seasoned, or just-starting out.

In addition to learning about your organization's capacity using the four "table legs" and developing your own Capacity Improvement Plan, you will work on a case study that reinforces the morning’s educational content, and receive a do-it-yourself diagnostic tool for assessing each organization’s own capacity.

Calibrating Capacity!

As the ground we stand upon continues to shift and change, it is more evident that the stronger the organizational capacity the more resilient the organization to face the future. Even the strongest organizations amongst us must take a moment to reflect and calibrate its organizational infrastructure needs to survive and thrive into tomorrow.

Workshop Follow-Up Component: 

A week after the workshop, the attending nonprofit organization will be responsible for sending in their current Lifecycle Placement and Capacity Improvement plan (both short and long term). The majority of this information will be completed during the training. 

Participants who complete the follow-up Capacity Improvement Plan, will be eligible for a minimum of 3 hours (up to 6 hours) of consultation* from a trained and experienced Nonprofit Lifecycle Consultant with the purpose of clarifying and providing direction on Capacity Improvement goals. 

This consultation will need to be completed within 2-3 months after attending this workshop. Consultations will be held virtually.

*Dependent upon number of registered organizations therefore consultation could include more hours. 


Testimonials from past attendees:

"Susan Rocks! Her depth of knowledge and experience is extraordinary."

"It was one of the best workshops I've attended."

"I'm so very grateful...and excited. Big things are ahead for us!"


Scholarships Available - Click HERE to see if your organization qualifies!

Cost: $49 Members, $79 Non-Members  (See Attendance Requirements Below)

(Workshop value per person is $280. Consultation value per organization $500+.)

Registration Requirements: Organizational registrations are available for TEAMS of CEOs/EDs, Board Chairs and incoming Board Chairs, and other key staff team members.

  • The CEO/ED must attend.
  • It is ideal if the Board Chair or one Board Member would be present, but not required.
  • There is a 3 ticket minimum and a 5 ticket maximum per organization that will be strictly enforced because this is a "working" workshop. If you have questions about this, please contact us at
  • Only one member of an organization needs to register for the group. 
  • Please note that only the person who registered the group will receive reminder emails. It is that person's responsibility to forward reminder emails to their group.
  • Organizations must utilize their free consultation opportunity (3-6 hrs) within 2-3 months after the workshop. (Consultations to be done virtually.)

Cancellation Policy- refunds can be given if cancellation request is sent/called in at least one week prior to the event.

Unable to attend for scheduling reasons?
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9:00am-2:30pm - Virtual Program

2:30pm-4:00pm - Additional time to work on Capacity Improvement Plan if desired

Thank you to our Sponsors! 


Our Presenter:

Jennifer Bonnett, MPA, CLCC

Jennifer is the President & CEO of the Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute. She leads lifecycle capacity consulting programs with dozens of local and national foundations and nonprofits throughout the US and Canada. Additionally, she provides ongoing professional development trainings for consultants to the nonprofit sector.

Formerly, Jennifer was served as an Executive Director within Arizona community organizations. In 2015, she began her own consulting firm based in the framework of Lifecycles Capacity Building.

Jennifer holds a Masters of Public Administration with a Nonprofit Concentration from Arizona State University. She is a former Fellow of St. Luke's Health Initiatives Alliance (now Vitalyst Health Foundation), trained in BoardSource governance consulting, and has served on various boards in Arizona.

As an experienced nonprofit professional, she is committed to building strong communities by supporting the development of nonprofit organizations, including the foundations and consultants that support that work. Her passion drives her work to help mission-focused organizations achieve their visions and impact their communities. Her work centers on building a resilient ecosystem that supports strong nonprofits and stronger communities.

Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute Founder:

Dr. Susan Kenny Stevens

As a trusted advisor to nonprofit organizations and foundations for three decades, Susan Kenny Stevens Ph.D. understands the challenges nonprofits face to build capacity and sustainability. She is the author of Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity considered an essential read and guiding force for nonprofits for over a dozen years. Her strategic counsel has guided numerous foundation executives, and her down to earth connecting approach is valued by hundreds of nonprofits. Susan is an award-winning author, captivating speaker and a highly effective and trusted consultant for nonprofit and foundation leaders. While completing her Ph.D., Susan did significant research regarding nonprofit founders and continues to research and consult on this topic with in depth expertise.

Susan has designed and led capacity building programs in the past or presently for an illustrious list of foundations across the U.S. and Canada including: national funders Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Warhol Foundation; as well as many place-based funders who have adopted lifecycles as a key component of their work: Gifford Foundation (Syracuse, NY), Dekko Foundation (IN), GR Dodge Foundation (Morristown, NJ), Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust (Phoenix, AZ), Rose Community Foundation (Denver, CO), Vancouver Cultural Services (British Columbia).

Nonprofit Lifecyles: Stage-based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity is used in nonprofit management schools including: American University, Baypath University, Drexel University, George Mason University, Lasalle University, Metro State University, Saint Mary’s University and University of Missouri KC.

As founder of The Stevens Group and Principal-in-Charge of Larson Allen’s Nonprofit and Government Division at points in her career, Susan also has hands on management experience at the helm of organizations.

Susan’s most recent endeavor is founding the Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute in 2015. The Institute is Susan’s legacy and brings together nonprofits, foundations, and consultants in the nonprofit sector, as well as academic practitioners who have adopted her approach in their university courses on nonprofit management. While still doing some consulting, writing and speaking engagements, Susan recently passed along Institute responsibilities to Jennifer Bonnett. The Institute continues to inspire a community of nonprofits, foundations, academicians and master level consultants to continue her work and expand the wisdom and knowledge she has built over the last three decades.

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