May 20th & 21st - Navigating Change in Times of Uncertainty

Susan Newton of Development Strategies Plus will present:

Navigating Change in Times of Uncertainty

  In 2013, Susan facilitated a session on the basics of organizational change. In May’s session, Susan continues the conversation about how best to navigate change in times of uncertainty.  She will explore more deeply how to embrace change and address why (and how!) nonprofit organizations should master the art of adaption as part of their culture.

 In a rapidly changing world, every leader needs to understand how to effectively guide organizational change. Change may be necessary for many reasons, such as meeting new financial, board or stakeholder demands; implementing a strategic plan; upgrading technology systems; or coping with challenges. Leaders often wonder how to promote buy-in and engagement during what is sometimes a difficult process. Participants will have the opportunity to take real-life scenarios and, using a number of change tools, put together a plan of action that can allow the organization to emerge resilient.

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The sessions will take place at the Walla Walla Community College William A. Grant Water and Environmental Center, Room 2023/2024.

Both sessions will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The session content is repeated on the second day, so please register for the date/time most convenient to you. Sessions are limited to 30 participants and pre-registration is required. There is no charge to attend.

You are invited to bring a lunch or lunch can be purchased at the WWCC Titus Creek Café.

2014 Sessions

April 15 and 16

May 20 and 21

June 10 and 11

September 16 and 17

October 21 and 22

November 18 and 19




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Articles Worth Reading

PDF Nimble Nonprofits: Taking Nothing for Granted in an Era of Constant Change 

In the spring of 2012, a group of graduate students from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington interviewed leaders of nonprofit organizations in the Puget Sound Area to determine how they were handling the challenges caused by the steep economic downturn beginning in 2008. The result is a summary of important insights into the resiliency of certain nonprofits that are determined to build resilient organizations that can adapt quickly to change.

Check out the article PDF "Bright Spots - Leadership in the Pacific Northwest".  The article is based on a six-month exploration by the Helicon Collaborative and describes the five characterisitics, Bright Spot Principles, shared by cultural organizations that are successfully adapting to changing conditions.

Books Available at WWCC Library

The library at Walla Walla Community College has acquired the following books:

  • Donor-Centered Fundraising by Penelope Burke
  • Governance as Leadership; Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards by Richard Chalt et. al.
  • Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations by Michael Allison and Jude Kaye
  • Boards on Fire! Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully by Susan Howlett
  • Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block
  • Be Quiet and Be Heard: The Paradox of Persuasion by Susan and Peter Glaser

These books are housed at the WWCC library. They can be picked up at the Walla Walla campus or requested online and picked up at any of the WALNET Libraries. A WALNET library card is needed to check the materials out of the library. Seach for the above titles and their availabilty at or call 509.527.4294.

A Book Worth Reading on Fundraising!!

Boards on Fire: Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully is a new book published by Susan Howlett, a national consultant to nonprofit organizations. For more information go to

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder (1998). On the surface, this is a story of recovering gold from the 1857 shipwreck of the steamship Central America off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Underneath, this may be the most instructional book ever written on the art of fundraising.

Remember the Glasers!

Re-visit the wisdom of Drs. Susan and Peter Glaser, PhD Communications, through an intergrated, 3-part video learning system titled "Mastery of Leadership Communication".

The DVD set includes:

  • Breakthrough Conflict
  • Hardwiring Teamwork
  • Persuasion and Influence

These DVD's will enable nonprofit organizations to teach their staff the Glaser's communication models, which have been featured at several Sherwood Trust workshops at Whitman College.

The DVD's are available for no cost and can be checked out by contacting Walla Walla Council Camp Fire office (525-3180) at 414 S. Park Street.