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  • Mark your calendar for monthly Virtual Office Hours
  • Register for Fall 2023 Lifecycles 101
  • Learn about our webinar series on Cultivating Capacity in Today's Landscape
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  • Read the latest news about our team
  • Learn how members can get access to online Selfie

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3 Things to Remember When Facilitating a Lifecycles Selfie

Each issue we will feature ongoing education. This month we wanted to talk about three things consultants and nonprofit leaders need to remember when facilitating Lifecycles self-assessments.

  1. Consider who needs to be involved to get the best results? Who should be involved? Board & Staff? Just Board? Just some Staff? Who should be involved to get the complete picture? Each assessment and organization is different.
  2. Sometimes no responses is the response. You've hounded the board and staff to complete the selfie or you see that some folks cannot answer the questions. If you have done your job of appropriate reminders and encouraging thoughtful participation then this may be evidence that they have some work to do to get everyone up to speed. Use the the lack of data to help the identify how to proceed and get everyone on the same page.
  3. Whether the organization is aligned or not all points to the start of the work ahead. If they are aligned - great, work to identify next steps. If they are not aligned, ask yourself - and them - what will it take to get alignment?


Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute Lifecycles 101 Registration is Open

Register Today for October's Lifecycles 101

Nonprofit consultants, leaders, and funders - Have you taken the Lifecycles 101 course yet? (formerly known as Intro to Lifecycles Consulting) Register today to learn how the Lifecycles approach for capacity building can strengthen organizations.

Lifecycles 101 is a virtual training open to anyone interested in learning our stage-based framework to strengthen and sustain effectiveness for organizations.

Lifecycles 101 will:

  • Define capacity and demonstrate why capacity counts
  • Teach you the seven stages of Nonprofit Capacity and how to diagnose nonprofit capacity
  • Provide you with an opportunity to reflect on your own capacity building practice
  • Create a community of believers that Strong Nonprofits make Stronger Communities
  • October 26 & October 27, 2023
  • Two Half-Day Sessions
  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT
Register by Oct. 24!
4 part webinar series on Cultivating Capacity in Today's Landscape

NLI presents a Four Part Webinar on

Cultivating Capacity in Today’s Landscape

We've taken our conference on Cultivating Capacity in Today’s Landscape virtual! Join us for a four part webinar series with discussion of the world around our tables and the continuum of capacity programs starting in January.

The webinar series is included with NLI membership, so make sure to login before registering! Sessions will be on Fridays, 8-9am PT/ 9-10am AZ/ 10-11am CT/ 11am-12pm ET

  • January 12, 2024Approaching Inclusive Language with a Growth Mindset
  • Linda Groomes, PhD, Achieving My Purpose, Inc.
  • January 26, 2024The Intersection of Past, Current and Future Talent
  • Tiffanie Dillard, PhD, Avenir Consulting Partners
  • February 9, 2024Lifecycles Capacity Continuum from Intake to Improvement
  • Jennifer Bonnett, Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute
  • February 23, 2024 – An Example of Building Capacity Ecosystems through a Cohort Model
  • A Partnership Journey: New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) & State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families
Register Today

Virtual Office Hours

Virtual Office Hours Sept 25 and Oct 30

Our next office hours are September 25 and October 30 from 10:30-11:30 am PT. Stop by to ask any question about Lifecycles, the Institute, or any other NLI item.

Log in to our Zoom chat to ask questions and chat with the NLI team and other members.

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Office Hours


NLI at Alliance for Nonprofit Management

The NLI team can often be found on various stages teaching about the Lifecycles model. Next month Melanie Mitros, NLI's Chief Operating Officer, will be speaking at the Alliance for Nonprofit Management's annual conference, Grappling With Power: Dismantling and Rebuilding the Shared Principles That Sustain Our Work, October 24-26, 2023 in Indianapolis, IN. She'll be teaching on Building Ecosystems for Organizations: The Lifecycles Approach to Capacity.

Melanie Mitros speaking engagement

Other Partnerships and Speaking Engagements:

  • NLI just wrapped up facilitating a Virtual Lifecycles Workshop, hosted by AZ Impact for Good. During this interactive workshop, teams assessed capacity imbalances and analyzed growth opportunities. Each organization was then paired with a Lifecycles Consultant to further their organizational capacity development.

  • If you are attending the NYS Funders Alliance's annual conference, don't miss Jennifer Bonnett, President and CEO of NLI, on Oct. 12 at the session Lifecycles Capacity Continuum from Intake Method to Cohorts. She'll be speaking along with representatives from the Gifford Foundation and REACH CNY on the cohort-based capacity building programs based in the Nonprofit Lifecycles framework.

Access to Online Selfie for Members

Online Selfie Access

NLI members who have completed the Lifecycles 101 (formerly Intro to Lifecycles Consulting) training have access to the online Selfie request forms through your membership portal. Below are the instructions for accessing the trained members Online Selfie request.

  1. Go to:
  2. Enter your email address and password
  3. Click on the Courses tab at the top menu or on your dashboard.
  4. Click on the "Members Access to the Online Lifecycles Self Assessment" course
  5. Click on the Online Selfie image to access the request form.
  6. Enter the information, select the additional reporting features you would like and pay, then click submit.

Please email Melanie with questions.

e-book now available

E-Book and E-Reference Guide Available

Get your e-book copy of Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity and the Nonprofit Lifecycles Reference Guide. Visit our store to order your e-book today.

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