The Self, Virtue and Public Life project is funding a series of six workshops led by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits (OKCNP). The second of these events was titled, “Beyond Tolerance: Civic Virtues in Nonprofit Leadership,” and was held in Oklahoma City on March 20-21, 2019. Janetta Cravens, vice president of programs at OKCNP, and Kim Leveridge, director of learning and professional development at OKCNP, guided 26 participants from 21 Oklahoma nonprofit organizations through a 2-day curriculum on integrating compassion, civility and fairness into nonprofit organizations around Oklahoma.
Nonprofit organizations were often formed to solve gaps in society around social disparity and to serve segments of the populations that have been repeatedly undervalued by society. Their missions represent concerted efforts to eliminate racism, advocate for LGBTQ+ and their allies, provide second-chance employment opportunities for people with disabilities or the formerly incarcerated, educate children in programs ranging from STEM, to arts and humanities, to after school programs, provide services to senior adults, and hospitality for immigrants and refugees.
The public expects nonprofit organizations to be champions for compassion, civility, and fairness in their operations and programs, and yet few tools are provided to nonprofit leaders to do this in a way that is better than what most adults learn through average social encounters. Compassion, Civility, and Fairness are crucial for a successful leader in the nonprofit sector and they are teachable skills that have direct impact on the strength of an organization’s performance. Inclusion efforts require strategy to develop leaders around core competencies and moving an organization towards equity that has lasting impact on their programs takes concerted, disciplined, efforts that move an organization “beyond tolerance.”
Utilizing the ground-breaking research and approach of Dr. Leticia Nieto, and the Civic Virtues from the University of Oklahoma’s Institute for Human Flourishing, this two-day course provides nonprofit professionals with practical tools to advance their capacity to provide better services to their clients and build stronger, more diverse teams of board members, staff, and volunteers that more fully utilizes the experience, wisdom, and cultures represented in their leadership.
The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits is committed to a performance-based smile sheet assessment process to measure outcomes for its courses. This method is based upon the academic research by Dr. Will Thalheimer (Performance-Focused Smile Sheets: A Radical Rethinking of a Dangerous Art).
All OKCNP courses are designed to generate both learning outcomes and action outcomes. To assess progress toward those outcomes, they conduct an immediate post-class assessment, a 1-week post-class assessment, and a 1-month post-class assessment.
If you work at a nonprofit organization in Oklahoma and would like to participate in future workshops, please contact the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.