22NTC Session: Leadership
Leading Change: Breakthroughs Don’t Happen Overnight
Submitted by: Barbara O'Reilly | Windmill Hill Consulting LLC


There is not a single Giant Leap Forward in the History of Everything that didn’t require months or years of planning, rigorous testing, teamwork – and any number of failures along the way. Far too often fear prevents nonprofits from leaning into growth mindsets and innovation that is required to scale and grow.  During this session we’ll examine the shifts in attitude, behavior and strategy that go into leading substantive, lasting change. We’ll discuss how to define the breakthrough your organization needs, defining the conditions for achieving it in context of capacity, infrastructure and taking risks, while setting the plan to reach it and how lead the way. And we’ll connect the dots to how fundraising innovation disrupts the “way we’ve always done it” mindset. We’ll show you how to think through each step together and craft a plan that makes breakthrough not only possible, but possibly inevitable.

Session Type

30 minute session

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify how to define what your organization needs to scale and grow.
  • Learn tips on setting your organization's vision, asking the right questions for growth, and making a plan.
  • Understand what fundraising innovation means and how you can apply it to your nonprofit.

Target Audience

Nonprofit EDs/CEOs, fundraising leaders, and board members responsible for setting strategic direction of the organization.


March 24, 2022


1:00pm – 1:30pm PST