The Nonprofit Association of Oregon has a strong partnership with the Ford Institute for Community Building, a program of The Ford Family Foundation based in Roseburg, Oregon. The Institute was established to bring resources and vitality to rural communities, starting with the people who work together to establish a common vision for their community. The Institute is dedicated to empowering the citizens and the organizations in the community that must collaborate for the community to be vital in a changing world.

 

 

Our consultants collaborate with the Institute to provide a series of training workshops and coaching on Leadership, Effective Organizations, and Community Collaborations. Information on upcoming classes and events can be found here. Please share with others you think would be interested.

 

 

We welcome your questions, comments, and feedback. Feel free to contact Mayra Camacho, Program Coordinator, at fordprogram@nonprofitoregon.org or at 503-239-4001, ext. 134.

 

 

Effective Organizations Workshop FAQ

 

 

Year 2 of the Ford Institute Leadership Program

 

 

What is the Ford Institute Leadership Program? What is the purpose of the Effective Organizations workshop? Who should participate? Who leads the workshop? When, where, and how long is the workshop? What resources do we receive with participation? Is there a cost? Is food provided?

 

 

What is the Ford Institute Leadership Program?

 

 

The Ford Institute Leadership Program (FILP) is a five-year program of the Ford Institute for Community Building at The Ford Family Foundation. The purpose of the Ford Institute is to promote vitality in rural communities. The programs are based on the belief that vital rural communities develop from:

 

 

 

  • A broad base of knowledgeable, skilled, and motivated local leaders
  • A diversity of effective organizations
  • Productive collaborations among organizations and communities

 

 

The Institute seeks to develop and support these capacities by offering a five-year series of trainings and classes:

 

 

 

  • Year 1: Leadership Cohort 1
  • Year 2: Effective Organizations Workshop
  • Year 3: Leadership Cohort 2
  • Year 4: Community Collaborations Workshop
  • Year 5: Leadership Cohort 3

 

 

What is the purpose of the Effective Organizations workshop?

 

 

The Effective Organizations workshop is designed to enhance the capacity of rural community leaders to “get things done”—developing skills and knowledge for leadership and management of smart, effective organizations that can make a bigger impact, and thereby infuse the community with vitality. The workshop provides practical strategies and tools for success.

 

 

Standard topics we cover include:

 

 

 

  • Planning Wisely: strategy development and planning process
  • Financial Management: decision-making, transparency, accountability, and compliance
  • Resource Development: sources, individual fundraising strategies and skills, and grants
  • Board Development: roles, responsibilities, engagement strategies
  • Supervision: supervisory cycle, styles, and skills
  • Volunteer Program Management: key program elements and recruitment strategies
  • Effective Teams and Meetings: stages of development, core functions, and getting results
  • Communication: key skills and managing conflict
  • Making Your Organization’s Case for Support: tips and opportunities for practice

 

 

Who should participate?

 

 

Anyone interested in learning more about building smart, effective organizations that make a bigger impact. It is an opportunity to gather for rich discussion, peer learning, and networking. Specifically, this is a great workshop for Board members, staff, and lead volunteers of nonprofit and community service organizations. It is also be beneficial for local government, service districts, and school, health, and other local institutions. We welcome and encourage more than one person from an organization to attend! This helps participants successfully bring the learning back in to their organizations. The curriculum will be delivered in English. There will be partial materials available in Spanish, and a bilingual trainer will be available for questions and clarification.

 

 

Who leads the workshop?

 

 

The Ford Institute partners with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO), Rural Development Initiatives (RDI), and Human Systems to deliver programs across the state.

 

 

When, where, and how long is the workshop?

 

 

The workshop takes place over two weekends. Participants are expected to attend all sessions. If you have a conflict that can’t be avoided, you may request partial attendance.

 

 

What resources do we receive with participation?

 

 

 

  • A high quality four-day workshop with curriculum delivered in English
  • A training binder full of organization development tools and resources, a portion of which is also in Spanish
  • After the workshop, participants and their organizations gain access to a pool of 60 hours of coaching support from NAO
  • An opportunity to learn about other resources available through NAO and the Institute

 

 

Is there a cost? Is food provided?

 

 

The Ford Institute is making a major investment in rural vitality across the state and believes in the power of bringing people together in their own communities, over food, to build their capacity work together to get things done. As such:

 

 

 

  • Delicious Friday dinner, as well as Saturday breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided
  • The Ford Institute offers the workshop and resources at no cost—it is free to the community

 

 

How do I participate?

 

 

Register online or find printable registration forms here. Fax printed registration forms to 541-957-5720.

 

 

Community Collaborations Workshop FAQ

 

 

Year 4 of the Ford Institute Leadership Program

 

 

What is the Ford Institute Leadership Program? What is the purpose of the Community Collaborations workshop? Who should participate? Who leads the workshop? When, where, and how long is the workshop? What resources do we receive with participation? Is there a cost? Is food provided?

 

 

What is the Ford Institute Leadership Program?

 

 

The Ford Institute Leadership Program (FILP) is a five-year program of the Ford Institute for Community Building at The Ford Family Foundation. The purpose of the Ford Institute is to promote vitality in rural communities. The programs are based on the belief that vital rural communities develop from:

 

 

 

  • A broad base of knowledgeable, skilled, and motivated local leaders
  • A diversity of effective organizations
  • Productive collaborations among organizations and communities

 

 

The Institute seeks to develop and support these capacities by offering a five-year series of trainings and classes:

 

 

 

  • Year 1: Leadership Cohort 1
  • Year 2: Effective Organizations Workshop
  • Year 3: Leadership Cohort 2
  • Year 4: Community Collaborations Workshop
  • Year 5: Leadership Cohort 3

 

 

What is the purpose of the Community Collaborations workshop?

 

 

The Community Collaborations workshop is designed to enhance the capacity of rural community leaders and organizations to leverage the power of working together. It provides practical information on strategies, tools, and skills that support effective collaboration. Highly interactive, the workshop draws on the wisdom and experience in the room.

 

 

Topics we cover:

 

 

 

  • Definition of collaboration: what does it mean to collaborate, and skills needed
  • Continuum of collaboration: cooperation, and coordination, collaboration—key differences and why they matter
  • Key elements of successful collaboration: for launching and sustaining joint efforts
  • Collaboration agreements: when, why, and how to use written agreements
  • Communication: skills in listening, finding mutual interests, and dealing with conflict
  • Collaborative leadership: explore leadership that supports collaboration
  • Community development capacities: assess and identify opportunities to strengthen

 

 

Who should participate?

 

 

Anyone who is interested in learning more about, and engaging in, collaborative efforts in your community! It is an opportunity to gather for rich discussion, peer learning, and networking. Board members, staff, lead volunteers of nonprofit and community service organizations, as well as business, local government, agency, and district leaders are encouraged to attend.

 

 

Who leads the workshop?

 

 

The Ford Institute partners with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO), Rural Development Initiatives (RDI), and Human Systems to deliver programs across the state.

 

 

When, where, and how long is the workshop?

 

 

The workshop takes place locally, over two Saturdays, one to two months apart. Participants are expected to attend both sessions. If you have a conflict that can’t be avoided, you may request partial attendance.

 

 

What resources do we receive with participation?

 

 

 

  • A high quality two-day workshop with curriculum delivered in English
  • A training binder full of collaboration tools and resources, a portion of which is also in Spanish
  • After the workshop, participants and their organizations gain access to a pool of 20 hours of coaching support from NAO
  • An opportunity to learn about other resources available through NAO and the Institute

 

 

Is there a cost? Is food provided?

 

 

The Ford Institute is making a major investment in rural vitality across the state and believes in the power of bringing people together in their own communities, over food, to build their capacity work together to get things done. As such:

 

 

 

  • Delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are provided
  • The Ford Institute offers the workshop and resources at no cost—it is free to the community

 

 

How do I participate?

 

 

Register online or find printable registration forms here. Fax printed registration forms to 541-957-5720.