As non-profit leaders, building up our personal knowledge and skills is critical to not only our individual professional development, but also to the health of the organizations we’re part of, the communities we serve, and the movement our work supports. But too often, professional development opportunities in our sector can come with a hefty price tag, an unrealistic time commitment, or are taught by someone unfamiliar with the nuances of our food systems work.

Recognizing the widespread need to increase access to professional development and organizational capacity building opportunities for food systems leaders on a budget, the FSLN developed the Non-Profit Boot Camp (NPBC), an eLearning series of courses taught by experienced food systems practitioners and consultants. Through offering a variety of relevant content in an accessible and cost-free manner, the Non-Profit Boot Camp aims to support and strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of non-profit, community-based organizations working on food systems change in communities across America.

Upcoming Course:
Make Yourself Obsolete: Shifting power from non-profit leadership to community leadership

Community empowerment happens when non-profits and funders step back and community-based projects thrive. This two-part workshop will highlight examples from low-income, racially diverse, and multi-generational communities where programs were designed to build enduring capacity for leadership and self-management within each community.

Session 1: October 1, 3-4:30pm ET
Session 2: October 8, 3-4:30pm ET

Register here!

With racial, economic, and gender equity as the foundations for community empowerment and sustainable food systems, examples will highlight: Community garden programs that paid low-income and immigrant gardeners to attend multi-lingual leadership trainings and successfully manage and advocate for their gardens; Farm to School programs that used grant funding to build knowledge, value, and capacity by purchasing processing equipment for schools and paying low income school food service workers to attend professional skills trainings for self-management; and a Food Hub designed and advised by small-scale, limited resource farmers to form a cooperative structure. By design, the role and control of non-profits and funders diminished as the community role and control increased.

Outcomes for participants
Participants will leave with a program model based in social justice - where program design, development, implementation, and management are shifted to the communities with which they work. Moreover, participants will have developed the strategies they need to build community leadership and empowerment, while planning their own obsolescence as non-profit leaders.

• A 4-part process to shift power
• Real world examples from food systems work
• A dynamic worksheet for your program design

About the Trainers:
Kitchen Table Consulting, LLC is comprised of two principals, Jen Dalton and Miles Gordon - each with over a decade of food systems development and community engagement work as program directors working for a variety of non-profit organizations.

Past Course Topics

Non-Profit Boot Camp courses focus on non-profit leadership, management, and operations, with topics ranging from strategic planning to organizational wellness and facilitation. All courses have been selected and designed based on the unique needs of this community and the feedback we get from all of you – thank you for your insights! To ensure that the content is relevant and specific to food systems work, NPBC trainers are food systems experts with 10+ years of practical experience in the non-profit world, so courses are relatable and tools tried and tested by folks working in this field.

The webinar portion of each course is recorded and archived under “Courses” so that members can access them at any time:

Have a topic you’d like to see in the next round of NPBC or are interested in joining the cadre of NPBC trainers? Drop us a line!