The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities recently honored member Jewish Family & Children's Service in Phoenix, with the 2017 Alliance Commitments Award for Leading with Vision in the impact area: Nonprofit Talent Pipeline.

Based on a workforce assessment and the organization’s strategic framework for developing human capital, JFCS launched a leadership academy for staff in March 2016. This academy is specifically designed to reinforce the organization’s talent pipeline through a structured, challenging, and supportive 12-month program.

The academy’s curriculum prepares future leaders to meet the complex fiscal and operational challenges that are unique to nonprofits with a set series of courses combines nonprofit management theory with best practices. Core topics include leading change, emotional intelligence, problem solving and decision making, finance for non-financial managers, and managing performance.

Overall, the Leadership Academy has improved the quality of decision making and developed the habit of civic engagement among program teams focused on the core values of JFCS. Additionally, Leadership Academy cohort members are recognized as up-and-coming leaders, which comes with increasing expectations for themselves and their respective departments. 

The award was presented Nov. 15 as part of the Innovation Design Summit: Building a 21st-Century Social Sector Workforce.

An Alliance Commitments Award has been presented at each of the three Innovation Design Summits this fall:

Learn more about the Alliance’s Commitments of High-Impact Nonprofit Organizations online.

Contact the Alliance Meetings Department with questions or for more information about the awards.