Nonprofits within Region 5 have a new ally in providing services and resources to local communities.

Sourcewell recently announced the addition of nonprofit services to its partners in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties. The expansion of services and opportunities was in response to the growing needs and challenges facing nonprofits, according to Sourcewell nonprofit member specialist Tammy Filippi.

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"Sourcewell has always recognized the importance of its nonprofit partners throughout the area but was finally in a position where resources could be devoted in a full-time capacity," Filippi said in a news release. "I am honored to serve in this capacity and look forward to working with the nonprofits that make an incredible difference throughout Region 5."

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Staples, Sourcewell will host the first in a three-part series of Succession Training for Nonprofits. Whether there is an unexpected vacancy on the staff or board or the anticipated transition of a long-tenured leader, having a plan in place can help nonprofit organizations weather the inevitable challenges.

Designed for a two-person team, sessions one and two focus on individuals' roles and responsibilities, while the final session brings the nonprofit's team together for a shared strategy. To ensure continuity and the best outcome, organizations are recommended to attend all three sessions.

Session 1: Executive Directors & Leadership Staff

11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22

This session will focus on:

• Understanding the roles of the executive director and board.

• Defining who does what now and in the future.

• Identifying and developing talent for future leadership.

Session 2: Board of Directors

4:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26

This session will focus on:

• Addressing interim leadership needs.

• Maintaining leadership continuity while mitigating risk.

Session 3: All Leaders: Board of Directors + Executive Directors & Leadership Staff

4:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 21

This session will focus on:

• Identifying opportunities and challenges from all perspectives.

• Targeting organizational stability and continuity through leadership change.

All three sessions will be held at Sourcewell in Staples and presented by Julie Pelzl of J. Pelzl Consulting. Cost is $45 per two-person team for nonprofits in Region 5 or $105 per two-person for other nonprofits. Meals are included.

Deadline to register is Tuesday, Jan. 15. For more information, including session descriptions, visit