Where’s James? Brainstorming with FLY’s Christa Gannon

Where’s James? Follow PVF’s Executive Director, James Higa, out of the office for site visits and meetings with outstanding grassroots leaders.

Image

Christa Gannon of FLY

As PVF’s new Executive Director, I have been quite busy as I get out in the field to meet with grassroots leaders. This week I met with Christa Gannon, Founder and Executive Director of Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY). FLY is a non-profit dedicated to reducing juvenile crime and incarceration by working with marginalized and underserved youth. Their programs include legal education, mentoring, and leadership training, which aim to help youth better understand the legal system, develop life skills, and connect with positive role models to realize their potential.

During our meeting, we started thinking about how to develop bench strength (can’t help using basketball metaphors with Christa) in non-profits. While executive directors of non-profits have professional conferences and people just entering the field have training programs to become equipped with important skills and knowledge, not a lot exists to help key managers grow professionally. When staff members develop professionally, the organization in turn is able to strengthen and prepare itself for changes. Discretionary operational funding, which is often required to invest in staff, is hard to come by. This makes the process of building bench strength difficult.

Advertisements

About venturesfoundation

Founder and CEO of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s