Leading From Within named nonprofit of year

Leading From Within named nonprofit of year


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Leading From Within, which is dedicated to training leaders who are “prepared, renewed, connected and collaborating,” has been honored as the Nonprofit of the Year for California’s 37th Assembly District.

The local nonprofit was honored at a ceremony June 28 in Sacramento by Assemblywoman Monique Limon of Santa Barbara.

Nearly 100 nonprofit leaders took part in the event marking California Nonprofits Day event, formally recognized by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 54, which was authored by Limón. She also chairs the new Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector.

“Leading From Within identifies and invests in nonprofit leaders with the goal of strengthening the entire nonprofit sector,” Limón said. “As we more regularly rely upon nonprofits to do more in our communities, Leading From Within is working to ensure nonprofit professionals are able to develop sustainable organizations that address unmet needs and advance community priorities.  By deliberately developing human capital, Leading From Within is improving the impact of nonprofits and improving lives across the Central Coast.”

The nonprofit group invests in and connects social-sector leaders dedicated to addressing complex community challenges. They do this through their four leadership development programs, ongoing commitment to learning and growing, and cultivation of their leadership networks.

“Leading From Within is committed to investing in the social-sector leaders in the entire Santa Barbara County.  We spent over eighteen months researching and planning for the specific needs of leaders serving the northern and central part of our county resulting in the launch of our ‘Leading For Community Impact’ program,” said Executive Director Carrie Randolph. “This program builds on the assets of these leaders who are frequently serving our county’s most vulnerable. Leaders serving the Santa Ynez Valley, currently in the program, come from CASA, CALM, Rape Crisis, Foodbank, and Community Action Commission.”

Limón and Board Chairman Geoff Green are both alumni of Leading From Within programs.

“Though less than a decade old, Leading From Within has built a community of more than 300 regional nonprofit leaders, and provided a space for learning, collaboration, and mutual support,” Green said.

For more information about Leading From Within, visit http://leading-from-within.org.