Center for Nonprofit Policy & Practice

Research and Programs

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The Center for Nonprofit Policy and Practice (CNP&P) links practical knowledge and useful applications to the Greater Cleveland nonprofit sector. The Center facilitates dialogues to identify issues that prevent organizations from achieving their goals. The CNP&P recognizes that organizational change must go hand-in-hand with organizational learning and adaptive creativity. To that end, it creates community programs and provides technical assistance to help organizations achieve their goals. The CNP&P provides services through the following programs:

Executive Roundtables

Executive Roundtables will be held at noon on the third Friday of each month. Sessions are presented by community leaders on cutting-edge topics for executive directors and organizational leaders. Each session focuses on a specific topic with the discussion centered around shared challenges and effective responses from the participants.

Cleveland Council of Nonprofit Managers

The Center is launching an effort to form a professional association for nonprofit managers and board members in the Greater Cleveland area. The market for the Cleveland Council of Nonprofit Managers includes Cleveland-area nonprofit organizations with paid staff who have a desire to network, learn, and participate in strengthening the local nonprofit ocmmunity of organizations. Initial membership will consist of individuals with nonprofit affiliations only. Annual dues are anticipated to be $25.

Technical Services

This type of work includes board and director training, environmental scans, strategy development, and executive coaching. Technical assistance also encompasses CNP&P's workshop series, which delivers foundational, skill-related information and training. Participants leave the final workshop of the series with a tangible product, such as a proposal outline, staffing plan, budgeting approach, or needs assessment strategy.

Contract Work

Market research, operations, planning, program planning, community assessment, and recommendations.

Academic Programs in Nonprofit Management