The Jewish Federations of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet

Fortifying the country’s premier Jewish leadership development program


The Challenge
From June to November 2016, Giving Tree Associates partnered with Social Profit Ventures on a strategic planning process for The Jewish Federations of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet (NYLC). During a time when new leadership development programs were flooding the marketplace, the initiative’s goal was to maximize opportunities and overcome challenges to ensure NYLC strengthened its position as the country’s premier leadership development platform.

The Impact
After launching the new program in August 2017, NYLC recruited its largest class in years. With the adoption of this 21st-century cabinet experience, the organization is poised to achieve ultimate impact as the community’s most vibrant and recognized leadership development program, training and inspiring a dynamic cohort of young volunteer talent that works with professional partners to strengthen Jewish life around the world.

The Solution
The consultancy team worked with The Jewish Federations of North America to develop a new curriculum and theory of change model for the program. The research and development phase included interviews with over 40 key stakeholders, as well as a partnership with a strategic working group of federation professionals and lay leaders to ensure long-term impact.

Key Project Elements

  • Performed one-on-one interviews and a focus group with more than 40 individuals
  • Reviewed literature, articles and resources
  • Performed environmental review of local and national programs
  • Established a NYLC strategic working group
  • Surveyed federation professionals, cabinet members and alumni
  • Developed theory of change model
  • Developed curriculum, programmatic and operational strategies

Services Provided

  • Program analysis
  • Market research
  • Strategic restructuring
  • Curriculum development

"It was pleasure working with the consultancy team on the strategic plan for the National Young Leadership Cabinet. I am thankful to both Giving Tree Associates and Social Profit Ventures for their guidance, expertise and responsiveness throughout the project. The team's attention to detail, strategic prowess and skillful facilitation allowed our committee to develop a leadership development program for the 21st century that is worthy of JFNA's exceptional leadership. Thank you!"

Rabbi David Kessel, Associate Vice President, Young Leadership & Next Gen Engagement


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