Lifecycles Latest - November/December 2023


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Misconceptions about Lifecycles Stages

Each issue we will feature ongoing education. This month we are highlighting some of the biggest misconceptions about the Lifecycles Stages.

  1. True or False: Every organization goes through all the Lifecycles stages
  2. True or False: An organization enters decline after maturity
  3. True or False: Achieving alignment within your lifecycle stage is the goal.


  1. False - This is diagnostic, not deterministic. Not every organization goes through all stages.
  2. False - An organization can find itself in decline from any stage, which is why it is important to understand your current lifecycle stage capacity challenges to ward off slipping into decline.
  3. True - Having solid, aligned legs (business model, governance, systems, staff) to best support your programs and mission is what you want to strive for.


4 part webinar series starts in January

Four Part Webinar:

Cultivating Capacity in Today’s Landscape

Join us for our webinar series starting in the new year. It is included with NLI membership, so make sure to login before registering!

  • January 12, 2024 – Approaching Inclusive Language with a Growth Mindset
  • Linda Groomes, PhD, Achieving My Purpose, Inc.
  • January 26, 2024 – The Intersection of Past, Current and Future Talent
  • Tiffanie Dillard, PhD, Avenir Consulting Partners
  • February 9, 2024 – Lifecycles 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

Sessions will be on Fridays, 8-9am PT/ 9-10am AZ/ 10-11am CT/ 11am-12pm ET

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Virtual Office Hours Dec. 4

Virtual Office Hours:

Got a question? Our next office hours are Dec. 4 and Jan. 29 from 10:30-11:30 am PT. Log in to our Zoom chat to chat with the NLI team and other members.

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NLI Speaking Engagements

NYS Funders Conference
  • NLI has great partners in our work to build strong nonprofits and stronger communities. In October our President and CEO, Jennifer Bonnett, was able to speak with two of those partners on a panel on 'Capacity Building and the Cohort Model' at the 2023 NYS Funders Conference. Thanks to the Gifford Foundation for hosting the panel and for their incredible partnership in launching Embracing Disruption - a program built on the Nonprofit Lifecycles approach to capacity building. And thank you to ReachCNY for sharing their journey as part of the current cohort of participating nonprofits.

  • On Nov 7, NLI COO Melanie Mitros was a speaker at the Collaboration Consultant Community of Practice's webinar about Fiscal Sponsorships as a strategic collaboration tool for successful partnerships in the nonprofit sector. We love to be a part of great events like these, sharing knowledge and learning from others in the nonprofit sector.

Members - Update Your Profile!

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Members! It's time to update your profile! Multiple locations? Speak Spanish? Put that in there! The more information you include, the better the chances of your next contact finding you. Make sure to also use our directory to look for referrals.

AND starting in January, we will be highlighting consultants in the Directory who have completed their profiles. Update today and you could be one of our first member profiles highlighted in our social media.

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