Berrett-Koehler Foundation Starts Strong
Since its incorporation as a nonprofit public benefit corporation in June 2013, the Berrett-Koehler Foundation has already passed many milestones, making the most of modest resources. Among the highlights of its first year and a half are:
Held First BK Leadership Exchange in July 2014.
This is an intergenerational dialogue that offers the opportunity for BK authors and other experienced leaders to share their leadership wisdom with young and emerging leaders—while also learning from the next generation of leaders.
Planned Expansion of BK Leadership Exchanges in 2015 and Subsequent Years.
The success of the first Leadership Exchange in bringing together a highly diverse group of 30 young leaders with 30 BK authors and other experienced leaders—with all learning from and connecting with each other in marvelous ways—has provided a model for organizing many more such events, beginning on January 10, 2015.
Inaugurated Experiential Exchanges Program.
In this program, young leaders are connected with BK authors or other experienced leaders for one of three types of Exchanges: One-Day Internships, One-Day Shadowing, or Experiential Mentoring. These brief exchanges are already making a big difference for participants; here’s one account.
Inaugurated Action-Learning Fellowships Program.
Young leaders deepen their leadership skills and learn new methods to create collaborative environments and whole systems change by participating in action-learning projects, with guidance and assistance from BK authors or other experienced leaders. Again, the initial Fellowships have yielded wonderful benefits.
Inaugurated Action-Learning Partnerships Program.
We extend and enrich the work of other organizations by partnering with them to create action-learning experiences that increase the impact of their programs. For example, we partnered with YES! to enhance its Middle East Youth Leadership Jam.
Established an Experienced Board of Directors.
The Foundation is guided by eight Board members who are highly committed, bring a wide range of expertise, and meet and contribute each month to the Foundation. Here are their bios.
Successfully Made the Transition to a Permanent Executive Director.
Jesse Stoner did wonderful work in her start-up role of leading the establishment of the Foundation, and now we have successfully made the transition to a great permanent executive director, Marielle Amrhein.
Earned 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status.
The Berrett-Koehler Foundation received official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS as a public charity in July 2014, which makes donations, transfers, and gifts to the Foundation tax deductible. It is a good sign that the Foundation received this status more rapidly and cleanly than is the norm for most organizations that apply.
Received Financial Support from Broad Community.
Over 50 authors, customers, friends, and other community members of Berrett-Koehler Publishers have made generous donations to fund the Foundation. Several other foundations and Berrett-Koehler Publishers have also made substantial gifts.