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League chosen for leadership program

Emily Aughinbaugh

The League to Save Lake Tahoe is one of 17 honored nonprofit organizations that will participate in a leadership training program this year.

League Executive Director Rochelle Nason was picked from a pool of 29 applicants to participate in the “Nonprofit Leadership: Raising the Standard” program.

The 10-month program is for nonprofit executives from El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. The executives meet for three hours twice a month for intensive training on topics including: financial management, fund-raising, strategic planning and marketing.

Nason said the group has already met three times this year for discussion groups and lectures on nonprofit management.

“We’ve found it tremendously helpful to connect with other nonprofit organizations to find out how they do things,” she said. “We’re really thrilled about (the program). We think it’s going to do a lot for the League.”

Although the League has been in existence for 40 years, Nason said the nonprofit sector is always evolving, so it’s good to stay up-to-date.

This is the fourth year the David and Lucile Packard Foundation has awarded a grant for the training program that is operated by the Sacramento Regional Foundation.

The foundation manages more than 200 charitable funds benefiting residents in the Sacramento region and launched the nonprofit leadership program in 1998 after the foundation recognized a need for training in the nonprofit sector.

In addition to intensive training, program participants are matched with a mentor who provides personal experience and feedback. Each participant also receives up to six hours of technical assistance for their specific needs.

“This is no light commitment,” said Georgette Imura, the program’s director. “We always have more applicants for the program than we can help, and those involved in the program always express profound appreciation.”

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