Theresa is a featured contributor in the Fall 2012 Edition of the LNI Follow the Leaders epublication . Her article titled Minding the Gap can be read in full by clicking the link: http://www.success-trek.com/newsroom.
Hi there, Theresa Valade here, CEO of Success Trek. Today I am talking about minding the gap. I wanted to share with you some information that to me is really important to any community. It is something that I have become more and more passionate about as I learn about the needs of our local nonprofit communities.
Imagine the challenges among leaders in our local communities when they are aware that just in our three counties alone that there are over 3,500 registered tax exempt nonprofit organizations. To me this is absolutely staggering to think that we have this many local organizations that need our financial support. As I think about our counties here in Northwest Indiana primarily just outside of Chicago, Illinois I have personally been working with many of our local nonprofits and have seen firsthand about the challenges they face. On top of that it really can be overwhelming and taxing for a lot of our regional funding agencies such as our United Way and our community foundations and they are challenged to assess the uniqueness of each of the organizations needs and yet figure out a way to allocate limited dollars to these organizations.
So as I think about what I’ve been able to do and how to help and assist, I’ve really done that through what the nonprofit world calls capacity building services. It’s another word for organizational development. That is what Success Trek truly provides to and for nonprofit organizations. I have learned to figure out how to transfer and leverage my skills to those nonprofit agencies who truly need some additional assistance to strengthen the capacity of their current infrastructure and their organization.
So, how can you help? You know as leaders we don’t stand still. If you’re interested in helping align yourself to what can be accomplished in helping our local nonprofits you can easily reach out to your community foundations, or your United Ways and figure out a way you can volunteer or participate in a Board, or figure out how to raise dollars to help support the infrastructure.
The way I do it is through the capacity building process. If you want to learn more you can certainly touch base with me at
. I am available and willing to have conversations with individuals who are interested in learning how to support your local nonprofit organizations.