Standing Beside Alaska's Non-Profits

Catalyst for Nonprofit Excellence




The next Catalyst cohort will start in February 2019. Stay tuned for updates and application details. 

For information contact Kate Rose at

Catalyst for Nonprofit Excellence is a partnership between The Foraker Group and Context International. The purpose of the program is twofold - 1. to develop leaders in the nonprofit sector throughout Alaska and 2. to create leadership synergy in the sector through networking and strong support. 

Whether you are on top of your game or looking to take your skills and knowledge to the next level, you will measurably enhance your results and your experience of life when you participate in this program.

The program is open to senior leaders, funding officers, and board members with a commitment to the nonprofit sector.

In the Catalyst for Nonprofit Excellence you will:

  • Become more effective in work and personal relations than ever before.
  • Increase self-awareness and learn how to consciously choose behaviors that are more consistent with your intentions.
  • Transform workplace disputes and conflicts into opportunities for deeper understanding and positive change.
  • Be more effective in achieving goals individually and as part of a team.
  • Discover your unique strengths as a leader and how to apply them more fully for better results.
  • Determine your leadership style and learn how to identify and work with people of different leadership styles.
  • Learn about authentic leadership, how being true to yourself and your style serves you and the organization.
  • Increase confidence and reduce stress.
  • Understand how your sense of purpose fits with that of your organization.
  • Create a more fulfilling, engaged work life for yourself, improving satisfaction and effectiveness.
  • Experience more balance between work and life.
  • Build a strong support network that helps you achieve your goals.
  • Leave with specific tools and action steps in place to reinforce your learning and impact your results.

What differentiates the Catalyst for Nonprofit Excellence from other learning opportunities?

  • Results oriented.
  • Focused on developing emotional intelligence skills.
  • Delivers a powerful combination of immediate results and lifelong tools.
  • The courses are fun and fast-paced.
  • Learning is interactive and continuous with all -three leaning styles engaged - visual, auditory and kinesthetic
  • Practice that reinforces learning and integrates it into life.
  • People use what they have learned in order to produce results for years to come.
  • The concepts and tools are practical and apply both to personal and workplace situations
  • Self-generated insights that might otherwise take years of experience to acquire.
  • Proven track record.
  • Powerful vehicle for network expansion and building strong bonds among fellow participants.


The Impact: Personal Stories

Read stories from Catalyst graduates on how the program has impacted both thier work and personal lives:

Course Design

The Catalyst for Nonprofit Excellence is engineered to produce maximum results. The comprehensive design is unique and addresses all learning styles. This intensive, practical and efficient program consists of:

  • 50% exercises and hands-on activities
  • 30% discussion and interaction
  • 20% lecture

The series is broken into four distinct parts that build on each other. Each step is separated by some time to allow leaders to integrate and apply their learning and prepare for the next step.

  • The Pursuit of Excellence for Leaders - Assessing My Personal Context and Laying the Foundation For More Effective Leadership - What must I know about myself to become a more effective leader?
  • The Wall for Leaders - Clarifying What Drives Me and Confronting Barriers to Effective Leadership - What’s in my way to stepping up fully in life and leadership?
  • The Advancement of Excellence for Leaders - Empowered Ownership, Implementation and Results - How will I move my organization forward to maximize our contribution to our community and the world?
  • Launch - Implementation, Reflection and Support - How can I reinforce my support network to continue to see positive results?


Tuition for the full program is $3,100 for Foraker Partners, or $3,700 for all other students. Airfare, accommodations and dinners are not included in the tuition except for dinner the nights of The Wall.


A limited number of travel and tuition scholarships are available from Foraker. Tuition will be due on or before the first session unless other arrangements have been made in advance.  Please do not send in payment until you have been accepted into the program.

Mat-Su nonprofit leaders: The Mat-Su Health Foundation will be offering four scholarships of $2,000 each to enable Mat-Su professionals in nonprofit leadership positions to attend either the Certificate in Nonprofit Management program (2 scholarships) or the Catalyst for Nonprofit Excellence program (2 scholarships). Applicants must be willing to commit to meeting all of the requirements of the training they choose. The application for these scholarships will be available at on July 1 and must be submitted by July 15.  

Criteria for selection

Emphasis will be placed on those who are in leadership positions in their organizations. Every attempt is made to select a cohort that represents the diversity of the state and the sector. We are specifically looking for nonprofit leaders who possess these characteristics:

  • Provides significant nonprofit leadership
  • Makes a difference in the sector by making things happen
  • Demonstrates commitment to the nonprofit sector
  • Is willing to make the financial and time commitments to complete the whole program

Dates for 2017

Because of the nature of the program, each session is important - building on the one that preceded it and contributing to the one that comes next. Therefore, to receive the full benefit of the program, participants must attend all the sessions. Once you agree to participate, you are expected to commit to all dates on the schedule and be on time for each session. There is no opportunity for make-up days. Once a date is missed, the participant cannot continue with the program.

Name of Course



 The Pursuit of Excellence for Leaders 

 September 13 & 14: 9 am to 6 pm*
 September 15: 9 am to 1 pm*

Anchorage, in person

 The Wall for Leaders

 October 4 & 5: 9 am to 9 pm*
 October 6: 9 am to 6pm*

Anchorage, in person

 The Advancement of Excellence for Leaders

 October 23 & 24: 9 am to 7 pm*
 October 25: 9 am to 5 pm*

Anchorage, in person

 Full Group Session

 Oct. 30, Nov.6, 13, 20, 27: 4:30 to 6:00 pm*
 (1.5 hours per week for five weeks)


 Team Support

 October 30 – November 30  
 (1 hour per week TBA for five weeks)



 December 1: 12:00pm  to TBA evening

Anchorage, in person

 Launch (Next Steps/Check in)

 May 7, 2018: 8:30 am - 6pm*
 May 8: 9am - 6pm*

Anchorage, in person

*Ending times approximate. We strongly encourage you to keep your evenings open and flexible to extended hours.

Space is limited. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to accommodate all applicants.

Our Partners

From the beginning, Foraker Group sought the perfect partner for this exclusive offering.  BP's proven commitment to advancing leadership in Alaska has helped Foraker formulate this program for Alaska's nonprofit sector.  Our continued thanks to them for their counsel and financial contributions which make this program possible.

What Differentiates Context International?

Context International began thirty years ago with a mission to create a practical, efficient program that would help successful individuals take the next steps in their lives and maximize their contributions to the world. Our programs have proven to be powerful, practical, effective and fun for people from all walks of life. Our founders combined two things to create the powerful courses of Context International: first, lifelong research into the factors that drive effectiveness; and second, a unique, participatory approach to learning.  We believe that how you do anything is how you do everything; that the roles in your life are integrated—even if they do not look integrated right now. This simple but powerful insight drives our courses and assists you in invigorating all aspects of your life. Whether you are seeking personal or professional development, you will get both as you discover your intrinsic ability to create excellence.  The Excellence Series offers an engaging, transformative, fast-paced learning experience with proven long-lasting results that has been delivered to over 100,000 people of all ages and from all walks of life including in Fortune 500 companies and in many locations around the world.


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2017 Catalyst for Nonprofit Excellence Application
Deadline is June 16.

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