Everything Place

Easy Access to Community Resources

Welcome to the “Everything Place” where you have quick access to the full range of the community resources to view, download, or share. You can learn about the Ambassadors Community; request print copies of materials; and view or download resources, including the Performance Imperative and Performance Practice, Funding Profiles, and Ambassador Insights.

The Community

Lists of Leap Ambassadors

  • Meet the Ambassadors – Page
  • Filterable List of Ambassadors – Page
  • Alphabetical List of Ambassadors – PDF
  • List of Ambassadors By Region – PDF

Communications to Leap Ambassadors

  • What We’re Doing and Why (July 2018) – Video
  • Progress and Plans (July 2018) – Video
  • Reflecting, Adapting, Moving Forward (January 2018) – Video
  • Reflection Blogs (2017-2018)  – PDF

Resources for Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement Pathway – Page

  • Continuous Improvement Pathway Primer – PDF

Performance Imperative – Page | PDF

  • High-performance organization definition – Page
  • Seven organizational disciplines of high performance
    1. Courageous, adaptive executive and board leadership (the
      preeminent discipline) – Page | PDF
    2. Disciplined, people-focused management – Page | PDF
    3. Well-designed and well-implemented programs and
      strategies – Page | PDF
    4. Financial health and sustainability – Page | PDF
    5. A culture that values learning – Page | PDF
    6. Internal monitoring for continuous improvement – Page | PDF
    7. External evaluation for mission effectiveness – Page | PDF
  • Performance Imperative poster (8×10) – PDF
  • What’s the Performance Imperative? – Video
  • Small, But Mighty: The Performance Imperative for Small
    Nonprofits – Page | PDF

Performance Practice: Learn, Improve, Repeat – Page

    • Courageous, adaptive executive and board leadership –  Page | PDF
    • Disciplined, people-focused management – Page | PDF
    • Well-designed and well-implemented programs and strategies – Page |  PDF
    • Financial health and sustainability – Page |  PDF
    •  A culture that values learning – Page | PDF
    • Internal monitoring for continuous improvement  – Page |  PDF
    • External evaluation for mission effectiveness  – Page |  PDF
    • All Modules – Page | PDF
    • What’s the Performance Practice? – Video

Pittsburgh Learning Circles Program

    •  Pittsburgh Learning Circles Program – Page |  PDF
    • Better Together: A Guide to Starting a Regional Approach for Nonprofit Learning and Improvement – Page |  PDF

Funding Performance Campaign

Funding Performance: How Great Donors Invest in Grantee Success

  • Full Monograph – Page | PDF | Audio Book | Kindle |  Apple Book
  • Preface – PDF | Audio
  • Rising to Our Times: The Five Habits of Highly Effective Funders by Lowell Weiss – PDF | Audio
  • Are You Helping Grantees Succeed—Or Trying to Catch Them Messing Up? by Sam Cobbs – PDF | Audio
  • If Not Now, When?: From Virtue Signaling to Self Examination by Hilary Pennington – PDF | Audio
  • We Depend on Well-Led and Well-Managed Grantees by Daniel Stid – PDF | Audio
  • Accelerating the Movement Toward Funding Practices That Strengthen Nonprofits by Jeri Eckhart Queenan and Jeff Bradach – PDF | Audio
  • What Grantees Need From Funders at This Time of Tumultuous Change by Hilda Polanco and Deborah Linnell – PDF | Audio

Funding Performance Profiles

  • How Donors Can Do More Good – Page | PDF
  • A Better-Angels Funder Practices What it Preaches – Einhorn Family Charitable Trust – Page | PDF
  • Invested in Empathetic Challenge – Impetus Private Equity Foundation – Page | PDF
  • Brain + Heart + Ears – The Blagrave Trust – Page | PDF
  • We’ve Walked in Your Shoes – Weingart Foundation – Page | PDF
  • Blunt Talk, Sharp Thinking – Mulago Foundation – Page | PDF
  • Meaning, Purpose, and Joy – Philanthropist Duncan Campbell – Page | PDF
  • Network Effect – Venture Philanthropy Partners – Page | PDF
  • Growth Mindset – Raikes Foundation – Page | PDF
  • ‘Tell Us What You Need to Succeed’ – Dalio Education’s Connecticut Opportunity Project – Page | PDF

Ambassador Insights

  • Board Stewardship for Mission Effectiveness and Performance – Page | PDF
  • CEO Insights: Graceful Exit – Succession Planning for High-Performance CEOs – Page | PDF
  • CEO Insights: Should I Stay or Should I Go? – Page | PDF
  • CEO Insights: Is a Nonprofit Board Best Suited to Evaluate its CEO? – Page | PDF
  • Develop Strong Fiscal Muscles – Page | PDF
  • Helping Your Team During Crisis – Page | PDF
  • Is Earned Income Worth It? – Page | PDF
  • Measurement Reconsidered – Page
  • SIBs: What’s Missing? – Page | PDF
  • Congratulations! You’ve Gotten PPP…Now What? – Page | PDF
  • Responding to COVID-19 in an Equitable Way – Page | PDF
  • Performance-Based Contracting: Rules for the Road – Page | PDF
  • Statistical vs. Social Significance – Page | PDF
  • Strength in Numbers: Building the Case for Full-Cost Funding from State and Local Government – Page | PDF
  • Structuring a Director of Outcomes and Evaluation Position – Page | PDF
  • Technology Helps and Hinders: Lessons From Four Nonprofit Leaders – Page | PDF

Performance in Action

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay: Four Bold Moves – Page | PDF
  • Performance Practice for New Leaders: Springboard to High Performance –Page | PDF
  • Lawrence School: Collective Process, Smart Solutions – Page
  • Tri-County Cradle to Career: Forging a Path to Educational Equity – Page | PDF
  • Lawrence School: First -Person POV: A Kick in Our Behinds – Page | PDF
  • Friends of the Children: A Year of Leadership Development – Page | PDF
  • WINGSs For Kids: When WINGS Leaders Fly High, So Do Children – Page | PDF
  • Southview Community Church: Aha Moment, “Gut Check,” and Plan to Keep Learning – Page | PDF
  • The Center for Violence-Free Relationships: From Self-Reflection to Real Results – Page | PDF

Request Print Materials

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The Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community is a private community of experts and leaders who believe that mission and performance are inextricably linked. Our resources are collaboratively developed and offered to the field to support organizations on their journeys to high performance.

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