The Ally: September 2020 – Dave Miller

Dave Miller
Program Director
MS Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy

We've Got a Program for That

Capacity building is a concept that is thrown around a lot in the nonprofit sector. The Alliance takes this idea very seriously. We live in an unprecedented time. At work, positions are shifting, strategic plans must be re-written, budgets are fluctuating, staff members are taking on new tasks, and organizations are being forced to adapt in ways they never anticipated. The Alliance is here to help.

We have worked tirelessly to ensure that any organization has access to the resources they need when they need it.

Need to learn how to create graphic designs? We’ve got training for that.

Need to develop your board? We’ve got a consultant for that.

Need to learn how to be a fundraiser? We’ve got a learning track for that.

Need to connect with other organizations in your sector? We’ve got a member event for that.

Need to learn about what is happening across the state? We’ve got a Weekly Webinar for that.

Need to make sure you are operating according to nationally recognized best practices? We’ve got a certification for that.

The impact of meaningful capacity building goes deeper than helping you learn a new skill; it is about ensuring you have all the tools you need to be successful so you can do the critical work to support Mississippians in need. When the tide that supports all nonprofits rises, all Mississippian’s boats lift. My job as the Program Director is to do everything I can to make that happen, and I have the perfect new program to illustrate this point.

Two months ago, we launched the Emerging Leaders: Fundraising Executives learning track, in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals MS Chapter and Volunteer MS and Nonprofit Hub Network. This yearlong pilot program brings 16 diverse organizations and leaders from around the state together once a month for a day of learning. They are surrounded by and engaging with some of the strongest teachers and leaders in the state. Participants spend considerable time learning about what it takes to be a good leader, adapting to new technologies, networking, and a myriad of practical day-to-day skills. Additionally, they spend several months completing a long-term project in partnership with the Secretary of State’s office. Throughout the learning track, they earn nationally recognized Certified Fundraising Executive continuing education points.

When taken as a whole, this program will help ensure that many thousands of Mississippians, from across the state, are supported in unique and meaningful ways by organizations that are engaging in practices that ensure long-term sustainability. Every Mississippian deserves to live a happy, healthy, and productive life, and sometimes that means receiving assistance from and engaging with nonprofits. The Alliance is here to help to make that a possibility. I hope to see you in our training, events, Weekly Webinar, and learning tracks.