In 2000, The Foundation Center sought your opinion as someone who worked in and with nonprofits. They asked you about your needs: what is working, not working in nonprofits and what do you need to have to fix it.
What you told them as a nonprofit leader was that you needed to build your capacity to do more and do more better, but you didn't have the right ways to do so. Your capacity building options were constrained to five basic approaches: lengthy and immersive college degrees, expensive professional consultants, time consuming conference trips, cliff note like webinars, or one day workshops with no implementation support.
The Foundation Center studied this capacity building issue with you again in 2010. They determined that what you needed was more knowledge, more innovative thinking, and more strategies to address your challenges. In response to the findings, industry leaders set out to offer you ways to build your capacity - more webinars, more workshops, more conferences. But we have created a capacity building service solution that disrupts this endless cycle of identified problem and repetitive response.
An eLearning experience to build your capacity to do more, that gives you real time outcomes every month and a coach who personally guides you in implementing what you have learned for the good of your organization.
We call it BLOSSOM: eLearning for Serious Do Gooders.
Working with hundreds of nonprofit professionals and volunteers on their capacity building issues and obstacles, we identified three pain points and built BLOSSOM to solve all three:
Time, Money, and Accountability.
What we learned is that for each nonprofit, the process of capacity building fell apart in being able to afford learning that provided real value to the organization, having the time to be able to dedicate to learning, and having the support needed to effectively implement what was learned in a way that showed results.
BLOSSOM: the eLearning Platform for Serious Do Gooders
When we realized the scope of this problem, we thought~
What if we could create an online learning lab, building curriculum playlists of courses for nonprofit professionals and volunteers, that delivered the most innovative and timely topics, using educational videos, podcasts, eBooks, and assessments? What if we could make this available to the learners on their schedule, not ours? And what if we could offer all of the education and materials and strategy needed to change your organization fro good, for less than $16 a day?
But we still need to support you as you worked out how to make everything you were learning work in real time.
So we added a private coach, who would have complete access to your learning progress in the lab, teaching, evaluating, and mentoring you through assignment completions and assessments, and facilitating your use of this learning in your work outcomes.
We finished our design of BLOSSOM by bringing you together with five other learners in a group monthly, all experiencing innovative ideas, solutions, and growth, to share and have rich discussions around topics relevant to the nonprofit industry effecting your organizations.
This is BLOSSOM
BLOSSOM is a division of Harvest Development Group, a national consulting firm leading nonprofits to successfully adopt the best business practices into their organization for exceptional results. We drive innovative and high performing change to bring about sustainability and balance in nonprofit performance.
Sondra Lintelmann-Dellaripa, President Harvest Development Group and BLOSSOM Maven
With over 25 years of executive level experience leading nonprofits of all sizes and industry representation, Sondra has set her sites on the 1.5M nonprofits in the U.S. who still need help, creating innovative solutions to improve performance and sustainability. She believes the nonprofit sector is not only valuable but a critical aspect of an economically and socially thriving community.
A frequent speaker over the last two decades, she has presented at Blackbaud’s International Conference on Philanthropy, NACHRI, AHP, AFP, and CANP. She is a guest lecturer at Quinnipiac College and at Bay Path College’s Graduate Nonprofit Leadership program. She is a published contributor to a variety of well-known association journals. Sondra has held volunteer positions as community advisor for the UN’s World Food Programme, and has participated as a member of the grant approval committee for Susan G. Komen. She recently was honored with a Woman of Influence award from IAW and the Impact Award, Private Sector from NGMA. She is an elected member of the National Honor Society for Business, Delta Mu Delta.