A Peer Group for Leaders in Not-For-Profit Organizations

Do you lead a not-for-profit organization?

During 2011, I began forming peer groups for CEOs. Among the 100+ members across the first groups, several not-for-profit CEOs enjoyed — and substantially contributed to — the experience and peer influence.

And yet, they said, “We are different. Our organizations are truly mission oriented. We are building communal assets, rather than personal ownership equity. And we are assessed by a board…

“We might be founders and builders, but we are stewards rather than owners.”

The most recent to tell me this: Beth Paul, President of Capital University. Beth said, “Let’s assemble a new peer group, one for leaders with executive authority in not-for-profit organizations.

We launched the group in January 2018. With 24 members during the first month, we split the group into two sub-groups with overlapping meetings and relationships.

Introducing Super Group

If this interests you, do either (or both) of these next steps and reach out!

  • Meetings:
    • Monthly, usually on Tuesdays
    • One monthly meeting is our annual overnight retreat (in Yellow Springs, Ohio) — when gatherings resume
  • Invitations to Vistage speakers visiting other Birdhouse groups (“Birdhouse” is the community of Vistage members in my practice.) See the current offerings at
  • Monthly meetings of Triads (groups of three members) for accountability and small-group issue processing.
  • Members: CEOs and Executive Directors of central Ohio not-for-profit organizations — no competitors, no conflicts
  • Dues, paid in advance:
    • $4,772 annually
    • or $2,423 semi-annually
    • or $410 monthly (12 months per year)

…or the members:

With so many members, we operate as two groups — with overlapping events and relationships: a super group!

    A kind-hearted, but candid statement of intention

    Qualitatively, we will admit people who are firing on all cylinders:

    • are smart, ambitious, and successful
    • are trusting and trustworthy
    • are earnest, but don’t take themselves too seriously
    • are kind-hearted (no jerks)
    • play the big game — are willing to bring their biggest challenges
    • can engage — show up on time, focus (no cell phones), lean in
    • will confront their peers kindly
    • are experienced enough to know they need to change — and energetic enough to do it.

    This groups is for “A” Players. If you are an “A” Player, here is a message for you.