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Enviro-Mich message from "David Ross" <ROSS@nwf.org>

Great Lakes Executive Director Development Program

A nine-month program of training and support for leaders of
environmental and conservation groups

Initial 5-Day Workshop, covering
< financial management
< fundraising
< strategic planning
< managing staff & volunteers
< working with your board and other topics

On-going support including
< conference calls with other ED=s and consultants    on topics of interest
< one-on-one phone consulting 
< website and electronic list serve
< subsidies for mentoring and  professional               development

Final 3-Day Workshop with board members, covering	
< board-staff relations
< involving the board in fundraising and planning
< building a stronger board
< topics chosen by the participants
Executive Director
Development Program

This program has been the best development tool that we, as both new and seasoned executive directors, have ever experienced.  
B Letter from participants of the 1997 Great Lakes Executive Director Program

The Institute for Conservation Leadership announces its tenth Executive Director Development Program B intensive training and support for executive directors of nonprofit environmental and related organizations. This seven-month program is made possible by the support of the George Gund Foundation.  It begins with a five-day workshop, January 6-11, 2002 at beautiful Durwards Glen Retreat Center near Madison, WI.  The application deadline is November 1, 2001.

The Executive Director Development Program is one we=ve been refining for the last nine years.  It gives executive directors the knowledge, skills, and support they need to:
< Better manage and evaluate staff and volunteers;
< Work more effectively with the board of directors;
< Raise more funds and oversee finances;
< Lead your organization in planning for the future;
< Manage organizational change; and
< Develop a network of relationships and support between leaders and organizations.

The program was created for the many executive directors of environmental groups who began their jobs with experience as activists, but little training as managers.  It helps them put in perspective the challenges they and their organizations face.  It creates a support network of peers who offer one another advice or just lend a friendly ear.  And it combines technical training with chances to share insights about difficulties faced by all.  

Most participants make substantial advances over the course of the program.  Many lead their organizations through strategic planning; others upgrade their financial management procedures, improve their staff management process, or launch new fundraising campaigns. 

The Executive Director Development Program Application is open to executive directors (or executive directors in training) of local, regional, or state environmental and conservation nonprofit groups, as well as other organizations with significant environmental programs.  Organizations should have a formal governing body, such as a board.  Preference is given to groups from the Great Lakes region.  

 Baird Straughan, the Institute=s Associate Director, is founder and surviving executive director of environmental organizations overseas.  He=s managed the Executive Director program for the past five years, and specializes in organizational development for small nonprofits.  Andy Robinson, one of the leading trainers on fundraising for grassroots groups, is author of Grassroots Grants and Selling Social Change.  He=s one of the Institute=s most sought-after trainers and consultants, and consistently gets top marks from participants.  JoAnne Berkenkamp holds a masters in non-profit management and public policy B she focusses on planning, management, leadership development, and evaluation.  JoAnne has consulted for dozens of nonprofits in the U.S. and abroad in the fields of environment, community development, and sustainable agriculture.

At the kick-off workshop, the trainers will take you through a series of presentations and interactive problem-solving sessions on topics such as:  leadership styles, avoiding burnout, fundraising, financial management, diversity in the workplace, planning, staff and volunteer management, and effective board relations.  You also:
< Receive the newly revised 500-page Executive Director Survival Guide addressing the topics covered in the five-day workshop, plus many more.
< Consult, without charge, for up to six hours with an Institute consultant.
< Receive a subsidy for professional development activities.
< Participate in regular conference calls, moderated by trainers, on the topics participants choose, with the opportunity to receive specific feedback on their own situations.
< Join an Internet list serve that connects all of the executive directors in an ongoing support network.

The Great Lakes Executive Director Program concludes with the three-day "Leadership Team" training, for the executive director and board members.

Past participants tell us that one of the best parts of the program is the chance to work intensively with their board members during the "Leadership Team" workshop.  They tell us that both executive directors and board members leave with new energy and a sense of what they want to achieve together.  It=s very important that board members commit to attend.  To make their participation easier, we will cover half the cost of lodging and meals for two board and staff colleagues from each organization.  We estimate the cost for each board member, with subsidy, will be approximately $120 for a three-night stay in double occupancy rooms.


	Oct. 15, 2001		Deadline to submit ESC financial assistance application
	Nov. 1, 2001			Deadline to submit ED Program application
Nov. 15, 2001		Applicants notified of decisions
Jan. 6-11, 2002		Kick-off workshop near Madison, WI
	July 11-14, 2002		Leadership Team workshop near Madison, WI

If you're an executive director or an executive director in training, we hope you'll join us.  If you're not, please pass this on to an executive director who you think could benefit from this opportunity to build his or her skills for managing the organizations that protect the Earth.  If you have any questions please contact Baird Straughan at the Institute, (301) 270-2900, or via e-mail at baird@icl.org.

Tuition for the program depends on the size of the organization=s operating budget:

 Registration fee:
Operating Budget
$0 - $300,000
$300,000 and up	
 For a limited number of groups with budgets less than $75,000, the Institute will offer a reduced tution rate of $500.

The tuition covers both workshops (8 days of training total) and 6 hours of consulting time.  It  includes lodging (double occupancy) and meals, follow-up support services, and materials.  Single room accommodations are also available at the workshops for an additional $175.   Tuition also covers the training fee for board and staff colleagues, who are strongly encouraged to attend the second workshop.  (It does not cover all of their room and board * see section on Board Participation.)


The following funders have expressed interest in helping organizations participate.  You may also want to contact your local or state community foundations.

Contact & other information	

Environmental Support Center, TOA Program 
- Patty Larson	
Individual Assistance grants up to $3,500 per year with > 20% match. Highly competitive.  Deadline 15th of month.	
Preference for groups that do advocacy; have budgets under $250,000, workwith people of color and low income communities

Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund 
- Jill Ryan
347-1181, ext. 106
www.glhabitat.org, link to Grants Program.
If you fit the guidelines, submit an electronic grant application to  jill@watershedcouncil.org.  For more information, e-mail or call.	
Grassroots groups in the Great Lakes Basin who believe this training will improve their advocacy efforts on behalf of aquatic habitats.

River Network, Training Grants Program 
- Debbie Morse	
Training grants up to $500.
Grassroots river and watershed conservation groups who belong to RN=s APartner@ program

Ontario Sustainability Network 
- Paul Bubelis	
Can cover up to $500 Canadian.  See the bursary program on the website.	
Leaders from Ontario based environmental NGO's.

WE HAVE MOVED DOWN THE STREET.  Our new address is:
National Wildlife Federation
Great Lakes Natural Resource Center
213 West Liberty St., Suite 200
Ann Arbor, MI  48104-1398
Phone & Fax remain the same and are:
Phone:  734-769-3351
Fax:  734-769-1449

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