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Building Organizations That Stand the Test of Time

Valerie F. Leonard, Expert, Community and Organizational Development

Angie Hall, Terrance Harrington

      Valerie F. Leonard, a local expert in community and organizational development, is partnering with Chicago State University to host "Lasting Impact: Building Sustainable Organizations".  The information-packed workshop promises to show participants how to build nonprofit organizations that stand the test of time.  The free workshop will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm, at the Chicago State University New Academic Library Auditorium, on the 4th Floor.  Chicago State University is located at 9501 South Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in Chicago.

            Participants will learn: 1) characteristics of sustainable organizations; 2) how to create sustainable community and organizational change; 3) how to build their organization’s capacity to  make a stronger impact to clients and communities.  Visit to register.

            "Nonprofits should have a well-documented track record in developing programs that have a meaningful impact upon the community and the clients served", Leonard said.   "This includes the ability to exercise good stewardship over financial and human resources; the ability to manage relationships among various community constituencies; and the ability to respond to change."    Leonard also noted that those organizations that make the investment in building organizational capacity are more likely to be in a position to sustain themselves over the long term.

            Valerie F. Leonard is a community development consultant with a mission of strengthening the capacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve through technical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management.

            Chicago State University (CSU) is a public, comprehensive university that provides access to higher education for students of diverse backgrounds and educational needs. The university fosters the intellectual development and success of its student population through a rigorous, positive, and transformative educational experience. CSU is committed to teaching, research, service and community development including social justice, leadership and entrepreneurship.


Keywords: Capacity Building, Chicago State University, Nonprofit Management, Valerie F. Leonard

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