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Sustainable Futures

The Irish Institute hosted the Non-Profit Management and Development Program, also known as Sustainable Futures, in Boston from April 8 to April 16, 2005. Sustainable Futures is a strategic development program for directors and senior executives in community and voluntary sector organizations, offered by the University of Ulster’s Business Institute, and sponsored by EU Program for Peace and Reconciliation. The program aimed to provide practical support for managers of nonprofit organizations who needed to address the future viability of their organizations. Through a series of interactive workshops, group mentoring and residentials, participants took stock of their organizations’ strengths and weaknesses, realized potential opportunities and threats and took time to develop a strategic action plans. The group of thirteen participants spent the duration of the week-long program in Boston, where they met with local philanthropy organizations and attended seminars at Boston College.

The participants engaged in a variety of seminars on the Boston College campus given by both university professors and leaders of local non-profit organizations.  They discussed with the group ideas such as strategic planning, leadership and organizational management, and human resources.  The program also included site visits to non-profit organizations in the Boston area, including such organizations as Boston After School and Beyond, an organization devoted to providing an out-of-school programs for children and adolescents; and Community Servings, a Boston-based meal program that seeks to feed men, women, and children infected with AIDS with nutritious meals.