Introducing Pro Bono Coaching Initiative

For Leaders of Nonprofit Organizations

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

 - Margaret Mead

We know that the work you are doing to promote a just, kind, happy, healthy safe and peaceful world is not only meaningful, but essential. Our mission is to support you, and other nonprofit initiatives, to have an even greater positive impact on the individuals and communities that you serve. In doing so, we believe that the world itself will become a better place through our joint commitment and service.

ICF Oregon Charter Chapter is sponsoring the Pro Bono Coaching Initiative to pair coaches with nonprofit leaders to provide coaching services at no cost to the leaders. We believe that by making coaching available to nonprofit organizations in our communities, we can both serve our communities and elevate the profession of coaching throughout Oregon.

The Pro Bono Coaching Initiative provides the nonprofit professional with new insights and expanded possibilities. We are a community of trained professional coaches to help nonprofit organizations build capacity and support forward movement to unrealized goals

What do you want most our of your personal and professional life? Some of the benefits and impacts of professional coaching:

  • Optimizing work performance
  • Cultivating work/life balance and integration
  • Improving business management strategies
  • Expanding career development opportunities
  • Engaging in big-picture thinking and problem solving

At the heart of it all, coaching is a thought-provoking and creative partnership process that can that can lead to maximized personal and professional potential.

If you are a nonprofit leader, committed to growth and learning, looking to enhance your professional/personal development and level up your performance, we are looking for you.

Our coaches are members in good standing with the International Coach Federation and adhere to the ICF Code of Ethics

Any Questions? We have answers:

This sounds amazing already  - how do I sign up?

Complete this interest survey - it's that easy! We will pair you with an experienced professional local coach.

Tell me a little more about what coaching is all about:

Put simply, coaching is a process that aims to improve performance and focuses on the ‘here and now’ rather than on the distant past or future. 

While there are many different models of coaching, here we are not considering the ‘coach as expert’ but, instead, the coach as a partner of learning.

There is a huge difference between teaching someone and helping them to learn. In coaching, fundamentally, the coach is helping the individual to improve their own performance: in other words, helping them to learn. Learn more about coaching HERE.

I am super busy - what kind of time commitment are we talking about?

Our Pro Bono Coaching Initiative is designed with 10 coaching sessions within a 90 day period, on a schedule agreed upon between you and your coach. You and your coach may also develop an action plan to support your development that may include additional time and attention between coaching sessions.

Is coaching confidential?

Absolutely - all of our coaches abide by the International Coach Federation Code of Ethics. We plan to share the names of the organizations (but not client names) that have participated in the Pro Bono Coaching Initiative. We’ll also keep a (private) list of clients so we can track who’s received coaching in the past. At the end of every coaching engagement, we’ll also ask clients to complete a survey about their experience, and we’ll ask permission before sharing any feedback.

What is the cost of coaching under this program?

Professional coaching can be expensive; under this initiative we ask for de minimus contribution so our coaches can include the coaching hours towards their next accreditation. Kate Dixon, our Pro-Bono director, is happy to answer all your questions.

I am interested in receiving coaching, but I do not work for a non-profit organization.

ICF Oregon’s Pro Bono Coaching Program is only for nonprofit leaders. But we do have a database of qualified ICF coaches who would love to talk to you.

Do I get to choose my coach?

Our Pro Bono Initiative Committee will review both your interest survey as well as the coach's profile; you will be able to interview 3 qualified coaches to determine who you might be best paired.

Great! When do we start?

We are looking to start the Pro Bono Coaching Initiative May 2019.

I have a lot more questions, and might have a few more once I get started - who can help me?

Contact Kate Dixon via email, and she'll help you all along the way.

We appreciate the work you do as a Non-Profit leader, and we invite you to your support of ICF Oregon Chapter.



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