Communities of Practice

Announcing the Kenissa Network Communities of Practice

Starting in Spring, 2017 Kenissa is launching a set of Communities of Practice (CoPs) designed to bring members of the Kenissa Network together for sharing, thought partnership and mutual support regarding topics of common interest and concern. Each CoP will receive support in organizing, defining its mission and establishing procedures. Leaders from among the group members will advance the work of each CoP and check in at regular intervals.


New groups starting soon include:

  1. Funding and Fundraising: strategies and models, identifying potential funders, the challenge of asking, getting your house in order, how funding scales, the place of fundraising in your leadership.
  2. Leadership: matching people with needs and gifts, making tough choices, wearing multiple hats, managing transitions, leading change, loss and uncertainty, values-based leadership, power and humility.
  3. Scale and growth: Balancing depth and breadth, growing infrastructure and program together, letting go, “business” models, growing without over-extending or losing the essence, choosing partners
  4. Covenanting: Balancing accountability and hospitality/inclusiveness, belonging and engagement, mutual obligation and structures of reciprocity, defining, revisiting/renewing the b’rit, balancing individual and collective, addressing breach.
  5. Sustainability: Personal well-being of self, staff, partners.
  6. Organizational Culture: forming culture, defining the community, marketing/recruiting messages, lay leadership empowerment, ownership- vs. consumerist-mindset, values and assumptions about money, matching internal culture to external mission.

Participating in a Community of Practice can help:

  • Elevate your practice to the next level
  • Reduce feelings of isolation
  • Increase knowledge and understanding in areas of development
  • Provide a forum to develop ideas or work through dilemmas
  • Gain a fresh perspective on your work and organization