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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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This innovative nonprofit is the best of the best. It is meeting a real need in the sector and is doing so in a way that benefits the work of organizations while at the sametime growing a new generation of leaders. It operates extremely efficiently with making the best use of each and every dollar.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ProInspire is an organization that provides a true bridge between the private sector and non-profit and public sectors. This organization has given me the chance to see beyond the typical career pathways of my generation. I am currently exploring the educational sector in a finance/business strategy role and I owe this eye-opening opportunity to the ProInspire fellowship. My passion for education was not satisfied in the private sector. ProInspire's selection process and team worked to ensure I was placed with an organization where I could provide an immediate impact and learn, and I am immensely grateful. Beyond, the programmatic structure of the fellowship the ProInspire coaching, mentoring and bonding with members of the cohort has far exceeded my expectations. ProInspire is working tirelessly to build the next non-profit and public sector leaders. I am honored to be a fellow in this organization and share it's goodness!

Gillian2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a current ProInspire Fellow, I can say that it is challenging to make the transition from the corporate sector to the nonprofit world; however, I am continuously impressed by the resources, support, and opportunites afforded through this program, which have made my experience very rewarding! Through monthly trainings, a personal coach, and a collaborative group of cohorts, I am very happy with the decision to join the ProInspire community. I would highly recommend this Fellowship to any individual looking for an opportunity to create social change through his or her career.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm taking part in the ProInspire Fellowship as part of the new expansion to California. The ProInspire fellowship is an amazing program for young professionals looking to transition to the non-profit sector. Everything is done very thoughtfully and with both partner organizations' and fellows' best interests in mind. They find great organizations and roles for fellows to take leadership roles and develop great experience. They have a very diligent process to make sure they find the right fellow for each position as well. While new, the California expansion has been very great thus far led by Gene Kunde and is primed to be very successful and continue to expand in the future.

Kathleen30

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can say from personal experience that the ProInspire fellowship truly makes it possible for young professionals to make a successful transition into the social sector. Through the program, I realized that there was a place for me to work in education despite the fact that I'm not a teacher. I'll be graduating from business school this spring and plan to return to the ed sector in a management capacity. I can honestly say I wouldn't be heading down this path without having gone through the ProInspire experience and I'm extremely grateful to Monisha and the team for their support and access.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a member of the 2012 ProInspire fellowship I am continually surprised by how much ProInspire offers to its fellows. I believe this is due to the passion and care that founder Monisha Kapila brings to the organization. This passion is further echoed by the talented and passionate fellows that Monisha selects on an annual basis. ProInspire has been integral in my transition from the for-profit sector to the non-profit sector and I value the opportunity to surround myself with like-minds and future leaders. So far the experience has been truly unique and the opportunities I have already received do not exist in many – if any – other organizations. From monthly training to networking opportunities ProInspire offers something to anyone interested in transitioning their business acumen to making an immediate impact in the non-profit space.

DDDeVaughn

Client Served

Rating: 5

ProInspire is a special organization, run by a transformational leader. Monisha Kapila and ProInspire open the door for private sector professionals that strive to work in the social sector. I have come across few organizations that support this private to social sector transition, especially with a cohort model dedicated to professional development, while championing business skills for non-profits. I am thankful I got the chance to make this transition and owe this opportunity to the ProInspire community. I am an Inspire Fellow from the Class of 2010 and I highly approve of this organization.

Marcus N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 2012 Proinspire fellow and when I applied I knew this would be an amazing experience. There is something great to be said about an organization that unites like minds, provides career coaching, promotes sector networking , and allots young professionals the opportunitiy to effectively transition their careers to impact the world. Hats off to Monisha for her vision to solve an issue that many young professionals face in this generation!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fantastic impact across a variety of social sector organizations. I've been astounded by the caliber of the fellows in the program and the kind of impact they make in their organizations. I'm excited to see ProInspire grow in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ProInspire Fellowship provides its fellows with opportunities to play big roles in impact sector organizations. Combined with its placements with hiring partners and professional development, ProInspire serves as an effective bridge for business professionals crossing over to a career in nonprofit, CSR, or social enterprise management. Over the years, the Fellowship has uniquely positioned itself as a leader in helping experienced professionals discover how their skills can be used towards the greatest good.

Collin E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a ProInspire fellow for the class of 2012. When I entered the program in May, I had high expectations. I wanted to learn and grow in a collaborative environment where I could make a difference in a leading non-profit. Over the last six months, my expectations have been met and exceeded repeatedly. The other fellows in my class constantly challenge me intellectually, and Monisha Kapila, ProInspire's CEO is a coach and mentor that any young professional would dream of having. As for the role I have been placed in, I couldn't imagine a better place to launch my career in the non-profit sector. I am without hesitation in saying the ProInspire has changed my life for the better.

Marian2

Client Served

Rating: 5

ProInspire has played a transformative role in my life. As a 2011 Inspire Fellow, ProInspire opened doors for me to have a satisfying career in the social sector after spending my early career in financial services. The organization is full of enthusiastic individuals who are dedicated to bringing talent to the social sector. So many organizations renew their commitment to ProInspire year after year - proving that this model works!

Teja P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The ProInspire fellowship program did indeed change my life by opening the door into the nonprofit sector after I spent a couple years in the private sector. As a result of the relationships I formed with other Inspire Fellows, Board members, the Founder and coworkers at my partner organization, I can now say that my passion for social service and career goals are finally aligned. I highly recommend anyone who is interested in working in the social sector to apply to be an Inspire Fellow or support ProInspire in its mission to recruit and train the next generation of nonprofit leaders.

lstephenson

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a 2010 ProInspire Fellow and cannot speak more highly of my fellowship experience. ProInspire's monthly professional development workshops and coaching resources were essential to my success at my nonprofit placement. These resources and the support I received from my amazing cohort and nonprofit partner organization allowed me to develop as a leader and gain a deep and rich work experience in the nonprofit sector. I highly recommend this organization.

cappaert

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a ProInspire fellow two years ago and loved my experience. I had worked for a few years in a big tech company, and wanted a complete change and a chance to experience the social sector. ProInspire completely delivered: not only did I work for an amazing nonprofit with extremely passionate people, but I also was able to learn and grow personally with a cohort of 10 other people as we all transitioned from for- to non-profit jobs. And let's not forget Monisha, ProInspire's CEO. She works tirelessly for the organization and the fellows, and always had (and still has today!) time to provide 1-1 feedback and advice. While I've since decided to go back into the tech world, I greatly value my ProInspire experience and have a deep respect and admiration for my non-profit colleagues.

Katie54

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a proud ProInspire alumna (working at the National 4-H Council, as a part of the 2012 class). ProInspire builds personal and professional bridges between exceptional young leaders from the for-profit sector and non-profit organizations committed to social change. For a ProInspire fellow, they get a great professional experience to take on advanced projects at a non-profit organization for a year, gain a new skill set, develop close relationships with their cohort, and receive best in class professional development training/personalized coaching. For the non-profit organizations, they have the benefit of working with some of the best, brightest and most committed young social leaders. Everyone wins, including the constituents our organizations aim to serve! Through ProInspire, I have developed invaluable relationships, found a pathway for a meaningful career in the non-profit sector, and grown as a leader committed to social change.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have the great pleasure of being both a beneficiary and a Board member of ProInspire. When I decided to make a shift in my career to use my business education and experience to create social value, the ProInspire Fellowship was exactly what I needed. ProInspire helped me find a role in the social sector that was a good match for my skillset and turned out to be an incredible learning experience. Three years later, I am very happy with my move into the social sector, and I can say that I wouldn't have achieved this success without ProInspire. I truly believe in the organization and have recently joined the Board of Directors to support our mission even more closely.