GREENFIELD — This fall, Meals on Wheels of Hancock County began a ground-breaking educational experience in nonprofit leadership and management through the Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF)'s inaugural Excellence Academy.
As a member of the Academy's first-ever Class of 2022, Meals on Wheels Executive Director Lynda Kosh joins peers from selected nonprofits in a three-year program. The in-depth curriculum and learning opportunities focus on organizational leadership, board engagement, resource development, and nonprofit management.
"We kicked off the pilot class of the Excellence Academy on Aug. 22, and we had a great time and learned so much," HCCF says.
Bryan Richards of the Aspen Impact nonprofit consulting team led the Excellence Academy's Owls in discussion, reflection, and ideation around board leadership, development, and engagement.
"OWLs stands for Outstanding Wise Leaders, a perfect description of the participants from Boys and Girls Clubs of Hancock County; Meals on Wheels of Hancock County; Hancock County Senior Services, Greenfield; Indiana Friends of the Theater - Hancock County; and Love INC of Greater Hancock County," HCCF says.
The Academy's 12 sessions are spread evenly throughout three years to include core topics with introductions and reflective conversation. The program includes a $500 unrestricted grant each year throughout the three-year commitment.
"In each session, Academy Owls discuss concepts together; ask challenging questions of each other, write and tell stories -- real and imagined; and sketch diagrams and resources, processes, and possibilities," HCCF says.
The Class of 2022 will meet again in November to learn more about asset development.
To learn more about HCCF, visit https://givehcgrowhc.org.