Capacity Building

Healthy Nonprofits, Healthy Communities – Itasca County

Propel Nonprofits helps nonprofits in Itasca County strengthen their financial management, develop strong boards of directors, and learn to forge collaborations with other organizations to serve the community more effectively. This initiative provides nonprofits several opportunities to identify and act on their highest priorities for capacity building.

Learning Sessions

Each year the Healthy Nonprofits, Healthy Communities participants take part in a learning series. Recent topics have included nonprofit leadership transitions, scenario planning in uncertain times, and exploring insurance options for employee satisfaction and risk management. Sessions are free and typically take place from 8:30 am to noon at Blandin Foundation in Grand RapidsHowever, during the COVID-19 pandemic, sessions will be held virtually. Networking and ample time for discussion typically are built into every session. You can attend each session on its own or attend all in a series.


Propel Nonprofits brings our training to you virtually! All are welcome to join Propel Nonprofits for any of our free webinars – see a list of upcoming webinars.

Consulting for Organizational Priorities

Every nonprofit organization has goals and plans to deliver its programs in the community and strengthen its organization. No one knows better than the nonprofit’s leaders what types of projects are most important to move to the next level. Working with a core group of experienced consultants, your nonprofit will focus on a project that will help you move forward. Our consulting service projects focus on strategic planning, such as board development, strategic planning, succession planning, and finance/sustainability.

Executive Directors Cohort

This year we are again offering the opportunity for Executive Directors in Itasca County to apply to be part of a cohort that will meet virtually every other month starting Thursday, May 13, 2021, from 9 – 10:30 a.m., and continuing on the second Thursday of each month after that (July 8, Sept 9, Nov 11, 2021; Jan 13, Mar 10, May 12, July 14, 2022).

We heard from many EDs that they felt a little isolated in their positions sometimes, which has only been further heightened during the pandemic. We hope the cohort helps you to develop relationships so you can serve as sounding boards for each other as you explore opportunities and challenges in your organizations. The cohort will determine what topics we would like to discuss, but we’ll also open up the discussion to talk over whatever is top of mind for the group at that particular session. It will be informal – a group of supportive peers and colleagues meeting to have discussions, share in problem-solving, identify collaborations, etc.

The cohort size will be kept small so you can develop relationships with each other and serve as sounding boards as all continue to support your strong and vibrant community.

Click here to let us know your interest in being part of this Executive Director cohort by the deadline of April 7, 2021. Please contact us at or if you have any questions.

Open Office Hours

In many instances nonprofits need a quick response for advice and resources on organizational issues when they arise. These situations often don’t require a full consulting project or scope, but rather easy access to an experienced professional with knowledge, access to resources, and availability. Call us at 612.249.6700 to schedule an Open Office Hours consultation by phone.

Stay Connected

Because your needs for organizational assistance might arise anytime, Propel Nonprofits maintains regular communications with a Healthy Nonprofits, Healthy Communities e-newsletter. Sign up for our newsletter today.