Rustandy Center launches new nonprofit leader program


Cohort-based communities of learning can create lasting change in driving sectors forward. While many communities of learning exist for nonprofit executive directors, there’s a lack of similar programming for operations and finance professionals in the nonprofit sector.

After conducting interviews with nonprofit leaders and analyzing the feedback, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business has launched the Nonprofit Network for Strategic Operations and Finance to strengthen the sector. The program will launch in December 2021.

Behind the scenes of powerful missions and innovative programs, nonprofits are driven by financial decisions and operational strategy. “A nonprofit is only as strong as the operations that support it,” said Tali Griffin, the Rustandy Center’s senior director of marketing, programs, and partnerships. Focused, strategic operations ensure a nonprofit is positioned for stability, flexibility, and growth.

“Nonprofit senior managers and the organizations they serve will immediately benefit from the skills learned in this seminar,” said Stacie Frank, ’02, vice president and CFO of Chicago Symphony Orchestra. “The program makes it easy for mission-based organizations to provide a high-quality professional development program for their key leaders.”

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