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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Nonprofit Management

Mission: ProInspire develops leaders at all levels for organizations addressing the world’s greatest challenges. Rooted in the belief that leadership and equity are key to the systems change needed to maximize social impact, we design and deliver leadership development programs, fellowships, research, and convenings.

Results: Since our founding in 2009, we have engaged thousands of leaders at all levels across the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. 2017 highlights: • 57% of program participants were leaders of color; • 96% of participants in our Managing for Success program for managers indicated it was extremely or very valuable; • Equity in the Center, a project of ProInspire that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity, helped to accelerate race equity work across the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors

Direct beneficiaries per year: in 2017, ProInspire engaged over 1,200 leaders in 7 cities across 6 states

Programs: ProInspire provides leadership development programs for leaders at all levels; career pathways support such as coaching and fellowships; and research and convenings to elevate issues around talent, equity, and inclusion across the nonprofit and philanthropic sector.

Community Stories

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in their Managing for Success program. It was evident that the organization is committed to building strong nonprofit leaders. Their commitment, expertise, and passion come through in their quality programming. They are also committed to equity in the nonprofit sector with very practical tools for making it a reality.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ProInspire, a woman-founded and led organization with an equity focus, provides high-caliber management and leadership training for nonprofit/social sector professionals. From start to finish, my recent participation in the ProInspire Leadership Institute was an excellent experience. The logistics were handled smoothly, the pre-work was excellent preparation for the training itself, and I really appreciated the training itself--the materials, other participants (and willingness to acknowledge the wisdom in the room), facilitation, interactive activities, and practical tools I could put to work as soon as I returned to my organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic training + professional development experience with ProInspire through their Managing 4 Success fellowship. Can't recommend their programs enough.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was an exceptional two-day leadership training that I wish any and every non-profit leader could attend.

Emma W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a life- and career-changing experience with the ProInspire Leadership Institute. Sandy and Sherry's insight helped me to reflect on the leader and the person I am and want to become. I can't thank them enough for their wisdom!

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about ProInspire when one of my colleagues became a member of their Fellowship program. As I learned more about ProInspire’s work around leadership and equity, I became very invested in their work around how to talk about current events at work and how to support nonprofit professionals. I find their research incredibly compelling and relatable and I would encourage anyone involved in the social sector to check out their thought leadership! Next on my reading list is Equity in the Center’s publication, Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture! (Equity in the Center is a project of ProInspire)

Client Served

Rating: 5

ProInspire jump started my career. The team provides essential guidance for success and impact in the nonprofit sector. The career pathway defined while I was a fellow helped me gain the skills and experience to achieve my professional goals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a nearly 10 year young non-profit that has evolved to meet the needs of the sector and its constituents over the course of my involvement with ProInspire since 2014. The work of ProInspire is foundational and critical to the health of the sector and its ability to serve society and improve on social ills, and I am honored to have been chosen for one of its programs as a participant and now to work closely with the organization. Excited to see where the next 10 years take the organization.

John C.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of the ProInspire Network, I can speak to the quality of programming ProInspire provides. ProInspire continues to support those interested in transition sectors, places equity in the center of the conversation, and builds a national network of socially-minded individuals. I couldn't more proud to be an alumni of one of ProInspire's programs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined ProInspire as a 2016 Fellow. Through my experience I have been able to navigate the social sector, understanding the complexities of my position, and better manage the demands placed on me in the workplace. Additionally, I have made a group of close friends from this cohort experience that will last a lifetime! Thank you ProInspire for everything!

Client Served

Rating: 4

Participated in a M4S cohort in 2017. It was so helpful as a new manager but I didn't expect that it would give me such an opportunity to reflect on myself as an individual, professional and colleague. Highly recommend.

My organization has also greatly benefited from their Equity in the Center work and used it internally to spark discussion and lead change.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I partook in the Management Fellowship and found the course to be very valuable. Not only did it connect me with a great set of peers in the nonprofit industry, but it also gave me the time for self-reflection - something that is often challenging to take the time to do when you're always focused on the day-to-day. The content of the course was interesting and relevant to managers from a variety of different organizations with differing missions, and facilitation of the course was one of it's major strengths as well.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Managing for Success participant, I met other amazing leaders in the non-profit field, gained new skills in understanding my own leadership style and learned from others about how to manage others more effectively. I look back on the experience and am just thankful to have had the time to practice, connect with others and reconnect with myself.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ProInspire Fellowships place young business professionals into strategy roles in nonprofits and social enterprises. I was a ProInspire Fellow in 2011, and my year-long fellowship with ProInspire gave me a curated, safe space to explore how my talents, skills and knowledge could support and grow the social impact sector and its aims. ProInspire also expanded their scope to strengthen leadership for change, catering to strengthen and support leaders and managers in the social impact sector through personal and professional development and leadership training. Keep up the good work, ProInspire! - Meaghan Casey, CEO Impact Hub Johannesburg (ProInspire Fellow '11)

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Hands down, the ProInspire Fellowship experience helped build my dream career in the social sector. As a 2011 ProInspire Fellow placed at an international development nonprofit FHI 360, I learned strategy and planning to support long-term global health and education initiatives. Armed with enhanced skills and experience, I graduated from the fellowship and moved to Mumbai to work with inspiring social entrepreneurs and their businesses in India. ProInspire is an opportunity for bright, young professionals to begin TODAY to make a difference in their life, professional career, and the world.

Wong A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a 2016-17 ProInspire fellow, and it was an incredible journey. The amount of professional and personal development provided to us as well as the network and resources were phenomenal. The support from Monisha, Kristen, and the entire ProInspire team as well as my cohort in Washington DC really helped me navigate through the challenges of getting into and working in the social impact world, making my year a success.

After graduating this program, I moved to San Francisco for grad school and the alumni network has continued to hone in on my professional and personal aspirations, while helping me achieve my potential in creating impactful change in new ways I never thought of.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ProInspire's Managing for Success program helped me improve my communication skills, increase my self-awareness, and grow as manager. As a result, I delivered better results at work, I strengthened relationships with the people in my life (including my boss and colleagues), and was granted more responsibility and higher compensation. I can honestly say this training enabled me to become a happier human being and feel more fulfilled in life.

While I'm sure this isn't the case for everyone they serve, it's clear that ProInspire is helping the sector build a stronger workforce through their relevant, applicable, and affordable services.

Megan G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

ProInspire helped me to grow into a leadership role at my nonprofit. I appreciated the efforts they took to connect me with peers, encourage personal and professional growth, and be responsive to my learning and development needs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ProInspire offered me training and networking to transition my career into the non-profit sector, and I somewhat tentatively applied to take part in their program. I found that the network I built exceeded my expectations from both personal and professional standpoints. I now have a group of people I can discuss with and rely upon to help me manage my career, as well as my priorities, my goals, and the steps I take each day to realize them. The training didn't just prepare me to understand and navigate non-profit boards, finance, and management, but gave me a better understanding of how non-profits fit into the landscape of my industry. ProInspire gave me more than information, they gave me experience. Thanks ProInspire.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

My experience with ProInspire changed my thinking about my career, the non-profit sector, and work-life in general. I knew going into my fellowship year that I would receive training and make connections through the organization and my cohort, but I was not prepared for the impact the experience would make on my thinking and decision making. The speakers who came in for training were thoughtful and provocative, and the discussions were engaging. Monisha and her team have developed an asset in ProInspire for leaders in the non-profit sector and for communities across the country.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be a part of the ProInspire Managing for Success program in 2016. Through this intensive program I learned a lot about managing a team, managing myself and managing upwards. As a new manager with little managerial experience this program helped me build a strong foundation that I have repeatedly returned to in the past year.
ProInspire has also done a great job of keeping in touch with the alumni of its programs and often shares great resources and opportunities which I have found very helpful.
I'm so glad to be a part of the ProInspire family!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ProInspire is one of the best decisions of my career. The Fellowship program provided me with the professional challenge of using my skills for social impact. I graduated with the program with a new passion for impact, new friends with my fellow cohort, and a stronger network.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ProInspire provides applicable, real-life training for nonprofit professionals that goes above and beyond! I've had the privilege of being a part of 3 of their trainings and each time I'm impressed by them. I've now started recommending them to other nonprofit colleagues.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ProInspire does amazing work around leadership, developing managers and building positive, effective and outcome oriented cultures in non-profits. I am truly grateful for being selected and being a part of their Managing for Success Fellowship.

Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a ProInspire training called "Managing for Success." The instructor and staff were professional and inspired engagement and openness among the attendees. I would recommend ProInspire and their trainings to colleagues and friends.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

ProInspire does an amazing job of finding and bringing together talented individuals who want to transition into the nonprofit sector. It was a great experience being a ProInspire fellow and recommend others to apply!

Client Served

Rating: 5

ProInspire supports leaders and aspiring managers in the Social Sector to maximize their potential through innovative professional development opportunities. As a ProInspire Fellow in 2015, I connected and built on-going relationships with peers and thought leaders in the industry who've contributed to focus my skills and interest to areas of most impact. Through the Fellowship, I learnt new skills as a manager and further understood current and emerging trends in social sector leadership. ProInspire is a best in class organization!

Client Served

Rating: 4

As ProInspire Fellow, I was afforded the privilege to enter the non-profit field with ease through placement and trainings for a transition that would have otherwise been difficult. Over the course of the year, my cofellows and I were provided great professional training applicable for non-profit work and/or moving into other fields. As young professionals, the experience was invaluable for career growth and personal development.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked and volunteered with ProInspire for the last six years. Monisha Kapila is an amazing example of a transformational leader. From idea to now brilliant inception, she has built and nurtured an organization that provides an important resource to the social sector: leaders.

The ProInspire team is top notch and a joy to work with and the work they do to be agile and innovative should be studied by every nonprofit.

ProInspire is an organization marking a definitive positive imprint on changing the world.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The ProInspire Fellowship afforded me the opportunity to transition my career, providing support, training, resources, and a cohort of other fellows from whom I learned so much.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ProInspire is an excellent organization for developing leaders to address some of the most pressing social challenges in the world. Completing the ProInspire Fellowship Program transformed my thinking around challenges that under served communities face around the world. The Program afforded me the opportunity to meet a bright community of colleagues who I have learned so much from. The training resources and professional development opportunities that I was exposed to as a result of participating in ProInspire are unparalleled. I am so thankful and appreciative for my experience with this organization.

Marie79

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've worked with ProInspire in several different capacities, and have always been incredibly impressed by the team and the quality of their work! I highly recommend the Managing for Success program. The team-building and individual learning/reflection helped me to develop skills to advance in my career. I've also collaborated with the ProInspire team on several projects to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the nonprofit sector and am so impressed by their knowledge and dedication to that work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization that provides opportunity for young professionals in the private sector to make the leap to the social sector!

Alex60

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a ProInspire fellow for about 5 months, and my experience has exceeded all expectations. From the job hunt process to career support, the ProInspire team has been hands-on, responsive, and knowledgeable. Thanks to the intentional fellowship workshops, I'm not only more confident navigating my career but I've also built a strong network in the nonprofit space. I know that the connections I've made with my class, the ProInspire team, alumni, and our speakers will give me a huge advantage going forward in my career.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was blessed with the experience of being a ProInspire fellow (cohort 2015). Aside from gaining an entrance into the social sector and exploring a career path I am very interested in, the fellowship trainings, mentoring and coaching were invaluable. My leadership skills and self awareness were challenged like never before. I graduated the fellowship with a greater sense of humility and ability to lead at any level within an organization. I look forward to continually engaging with the ProInspire community now that I'm an alumni.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a currently a fellow with ProInspire, an organization that has identified social sector demand for private sector business experience and is cultivating supply. My experience with ProInspire has been everything that I had hoped for and more. The level of talent working within the organization and the participating fellows is infectious (intangibles everywhere).

Phallon L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As Spring 2016 M4S Fellow, I have grown professionally! ProInspire has helped shape the way I think about managing my staff, reporting to my school Principal and how I handle community stakeholders. My school and community partners benefit greatly from the wealth of development I've received from being a ProInspire member. I have recommended ProInspire to my friends, family and other colleagues!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely loved my experience participating in the Managing for Success Fellowship with ProInspire - so much that I have now referred several of my staff members and look forward to seeing continued impact! ProInspire enabled me to tap into my own strengths as a leader in the non-profit sector and also made me a more effective manager of my team. I have continued my relationship with ProInspire and continued to benefit from their network.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ProInspire is a one of a kind opportunity for business professionals who want to make a social impact. As a 2014 ProInspire fellow, I thoroughly enjoyed my fellowship experience and continued to stay with my partner organization. The ProInspire program, in particular the monthly professional development trainings, helped significantly with the transition. More importantly, they helped me realize my skill set, my strengths, where I can improve, and set concrete goals for my career and a path to get to them. It is truly a great program and I hope it continues to help professionals like me transition to the social impact sector.