The concept of the Mastermind Group was formally introduced by Napoleon Hill in the early 1900’s. In his timeless classic, “Think And Grow Rich” he wrote about the Mastermind principle as: “The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.”

There is synergy of energy, commitment, and excitement that participants bring to a Mastermind Group. The beauty of Mastermind Groups is that participants raise the bar by challenging each other to create and implement goals, brainstorm ideas, and support each other with total honesty, respect and compassion. Mastermind participants act as catalysts for growth, devil’s advocates and supportive colleagues.

Why Use A Mastermind Group for Nonprofits?

This technique has been used extensively by businessmen such as Thomas Edison and Henry Ford (who were in a group together with Harvey Firestone), but has not been used by nonprofit organizations.  As a complement to marketing training for nonprofit organizations that I conduct sponsored by Dayton SCORE, I have formed a mastermind group targeted at achieving fundraising and marketing goals.  We have formed a group of nonprofit leaders who have common needs to improve the visibility of their organizations in the Dayton area, and to increase their fundraising.  These people come from organizations addressing different areas such as: drug addiction support, dealing with Type 2 diabetes, historical preservation, and mediation of disputes; and they bring different levels of experience and areas of expertise.  These differences are complementary, and will provide participants with a different perspective and creative ideas that they could not generate from within their organizations.  They will also be commiting to goals, learning skills things, and holding each other accountable.  These combinations are what creates the power of this type of small networking group.

What Makes a Nonprofit Mastermind Group Work?

A commitment has been made by all participants to attend monthly meetings for a year, actively participate, and be positive in support of each other.  This process will occur during calendar year 2016 with the goal of achieving measurable results for participants 2016 goals.

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