Nonprofit Leadership Institute

Grant Guidelines


Any Executive Director of a nonprofit organization in Berkshire Taconic's catchment area that has participated in the Nonprofit Learning Program. 


In 2016, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation will offer The Nonprofit Leadership Institute (NLI) for the third year supported by The Northwest Corner Fund, South Berkshire County Fund, Central Berkshire Fund and William J. & Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire & Savoy. This program provides an opportunity for up to seven executive directors to build their leadership and management skills through a collaborative, peer-learning program led by a skilled facilitator.


  • 5 full-day meetings with the group of selected directors to be held at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in Sheffield, MA.
  • The dates will be:
      • January 29
      • April 15
      • June 17
      • September 9
      • December 2
  • Full day of individual consultation by the facilitator, Janet André Block, with each executive director to work either individually with him/her or with the board of directors, board committee(s) or donors.
  • Full day of phone coaching
  • Janet André Block will be available for ongoing telephone, email consultations, coaching and support throughout the year.


Curriculum is based on The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge.

The Five Disciplines are:

  • Personal Mastery
  • Mental Models
  • Building a Shared Vision
  • Team Learning
  • Systems Thinking


  • Build your confidence, dexterity and skills across leadership and management issues.
  • Increase your organization’s productivity, sustainability and effectiveness
  • Learn in a confidential, challenging and supportive environment.


  • Participants will identify key issues for themselves and their organizations in advance of the program.
  • Surveys will be conducted at the end of each meeting to evaluate its effectiveness, allowing for adjustments to the program to fully meet the needs of the participants.
  • Meetings will be structured so that learning can be put into immediate practice and then reviewed and evaluated at subsequent meetings and in individual sessions with Janet André Block.
  • Janet André Block will provide reading materials on a range of leadership and management issues, using The Fifth Discipline as the primary source.
  • Meyers-Briggs’ assessments and other tools will be used to help participants understand their communication and work style.
  • Readings and written assignments will be required and will provide supplemental content.
  • Confidentiality is the core of this program’s success. All participants will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement. Trust in sharing and exchanging information is critical for the success of the NLI. 


  • Applicant must have been in his/her position as Executive Director for at least three years at the time of application and plan to stay with the organization in the future. The applicant’s organization must have at least one full-time staff person or one full-time equivalent.
  • The Executive Director must have participated in the Foundation's Nonprofit Learning Program, facilitated by Simone Joyaux.
  • The applicant must express an interest in both learning and sharing knowledge and experience with colleagues in the program and is committed to change.
  • Applicant must be willing to engage in a flexible collegial way with other participants – listening, making observations, sharing experiences.


A $500 grant will be offered at the end of the program to be used for further professional development. The program is valued at $5,000 per participant.


Applications will be reviewed and participants selected based on his/her:

  • Interest in developing skills as a leader and engaging in rigorous professional development.
  • Willingness to be flexible, learn, implement changes and grow
  • Evidence of ability to be a team player.
  • Potential impact of the NLI program on the organization.


$500 after participation in the program for further professional development.


Program to be offered again in 2018.

How to Apply

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