By Maria Sillari, Program Consultant, NH Center for Nonprofits
Perhaps you’re a graduate of Leadership Seacoast’s Class of 2014 wondering what’s next in your leadership journey. Maybe you’re reading this because you’re an alumnus looking for opportunities to get more involved in your community. Or just maybe you’re serving on the board of a local nonprofit, hungry to learn how to best contribute and fulfill your role. Whatever your perspective, the NH Center for Nonprofits’ newest initiative, the Hoffman-Haas Fellowship could be the best next step for you.
The Hoffman-Haas Fellowship is designed to engage, prepare and inspire participants to meet the demand for 21st-century board leaders. Named after two New Hampshire philanthropists, Tom Haas and John Hoffman, the program immerses Fellows in an interactive, 6-month experience that advances their understanding of the strategic leadership needed for today’s nonprofits boards, connects them to inspiring Mentors, and links them to potential board seats.
The program offers a combination of cutting-edge course content presented by both national and local thought-leaders including BoardSource senior governance consultants Chuck Loring and Cathy Trower. Add to this opportunities for online learning, debate and exposure to how board service also builds leadership expertise and you have a powerful program where Fellows gain the skills, experience and connections to enable them to be an asset to any nonprofit board on which they serve.
Mentors are also a key piece of the learning experience provided to Hoffman-Haas Fellows. The relationship between Fellows and Mentors provides a rich and rewarding experience for both parties. Monthly, one-hour meetings between Mentors and Fellows:
- Encourage Fellows to process what they are hearing and seeing throughout the program
- Provide a place to discuss questions and issues that arise
- Provide an opportunity for Mentors to share the knowledge they have gained over decades of board service
Applications are now open for both Fellows and Mentors, and we’d love to have Leadership Seacoast Alumni participating in both roles!