The time has come for a multi-sectoral collective impact movement for capacity building. Efforts to strengthen nonprofits or the sector are too often carried out in isolation and under-appreciated by policymakers, donors, and even nonprofits themselves. How can we make the case to stakeholders and engage them in collaborative action to build the sector? This interactive session will draw upon research on the social psychology of persuasion and leadership of advocacy, as well as the innovative efforts of the San Bernardino County Capacity Building Consortium, an alliance of nonprofit networks, funders, and capacity builders promoting investment in a stronger nonprofit sector in that large, under-resourced region of inland Southern California. Participants will map the capacity building ecosystem, brainstorm key messages, and develop strategies they can implement locally to reframe perceptions and drive impact for capacity building.
Max Freund is Partner in LF Leadership, a consulting firm dedicated to developing purposeful and effective leaders, teams, and organizations. Max’s passion for systemic change guides his consulting on collaborative strategy and research on shared leadership in the governance of multi-sectoral networks. He is 2012-13 Chair of the San Bernardino County Capacity Building Consortium, a network of nonprofits, funders, and capacity builders advocating for increased support services to make the county’s nonprofit sector more effective, responsive, innovative, and sustainable. Prior to co-founding LF Leadership, Max was a consultant with The Alford Group and Assistant Director of World Service at YMCA of the USA. He is pursuing a doctorate in Organizational Behavior at Claremont Graduate University and holds a Master’s in Intercultural and International Management from SIT Graduate Institute.