The Community Foundation is proud to have created For Impact Leaders as an opportunity to develop a community of leaders and colleagues who collaborate, celebrate and support one another in collectively seeking to continue to develop a vibrant, healthy and innovative nonprofit sector. This new peer learning cohort for nonprofit staff leaders will take place over the course of nine months, beginning in January 2023.

From a competitive application pool, the following individuals have been selected for the 2023 class of For Impact Leaders:

  • Zachary Couture, Lutheran Services in Iowa: Global Greens
  • Jen Cross, Great Outdoors Foundation
  • Mickey Davis, Greater Des Moines Music Coalition
  • Travis Gorsch, Can Play
  • Alison Hanner, Variety
  • Jane Jeffries, Community Youth Concepts
  • Sarah Lohmeier, Friends of Des Moines Parks
  • Peri Montufar, Healthiest State Initiative
  • Bailey Moore, Children’s Cancer Connection
  • Jessica Nelsen, United Way of Central Iowa
  • Hayley Rauzi, International Rescue Committee
  • Gabbie Ruggiero, Employee and Family Resources
  • A.J. Salinas, Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa
  • Jen Stout, EveryStep
  • Nikki Thomson, Ellipsis 

Designed for a Leader Who:

  • Is a current full-time employee in the nonprofit sector within the Greater Des Moines area.
  • Has three or more years professional experience in the nonprofit sector.
  • Holds a current or future area of influence in their organization.
  • Is committed in their own professional leadership journey.
  • Has the bandwidth for and interest in expanding their skill-set in purpose-driven leadership.
  • Values the importance of developing a strong network of colleagues.
  • Has the support of their immediate supervisor and Executive Director/CEO or Board Chair to fully participate in the experience.

For Impact Leaders is Designed as:

  • A competency building experience focusing on the development of engaged and knowledgeable nonprofit leaders within the Greater Des Moines community.
  • An individualized learning experience with an emphasis on personal development that can be translated to leading purpose-driven work and assist in generating a healthy and sustainable nonprofit organization.
  • A cohort of nonprofit professionals who have the opportunity to develop collaborative relationships and learn from colleagues across the sector.

Participants will Gain:

  • Confidence in personal leadership abilities.
  • Awareness of competencies as a purpose-driven leader.
  • Strategies for tactical organizational leadership.
  • Deeper relationships with fellow nonprofit leaders.