Managing a non-profit organization that could use a talent/enthusiasm injection?

Ignite Louisville, part of Leadership Louisville, is taking applications from non-profits seeking management expertise they might not otherwise be able to afford – talent they can dedicate to specific projects.

The deadline is Fri., Sept. 14, for nonprofits “to potentially gain the talents of a team of highly-motivated emerging leaders,” according to Holly Prather, vice president, marketing for Leadership Louisville.

Ignite Louisville teams will work to develop and implement projects meant to have long-lasting impact on the nonprofit organizations, Prather wrote in an email.

To get an idea of the potential impact, last year’s Ignite Louisville teams invested more than 2,000 hours in their partner organizations, averaging about 400 hours per team, according to an Ignite Louisville news release.

In a recent survey, organizations stated that Ignite teams remarkably improved the productivity of operations, increased the organization’s outreach in the community and improved the strategic focus of the organization. The average value of each team’s work was $30,000 in the most recent class, and many Ignite Louisville graduates have joined the boards of directors of their adopted nonprofit, accelerating a generational change in leadership, according to the release.

For the third year, Louisville-based global restaurant chain Yum! Brands is working with Leadership Louisville Center for the Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge.

From the Ignite news release:

The Louisville Challenge is an annual opportunity for teams of young professionals from the Ignite Louisville program to undertake a project for a local nonprofit, gaining experience in community leadership, board involvement and teamwork. Participating nonprofits benefit from the expertise and energy of the teams, who each invest hundreds of hours with their nonprofit agency as they compete for a $1,500 donation provided by the Yum! Brands Foundation.

Nonprofits interested in working with a team of young professionals from the Ignite Louisville Class of 2013 are invited to submit proposals. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Friday.

To learn more, visit the Ignite Louisville website here, or contact Aaron Miller at: [email protected] or 502-561-5223.

About Ignite Louisville: Presented by Norton Healthcare, Ignite Louisville is a seven-month program that grooms young professionals by developing the key components of leadership. The award-winning program has graduated 415 up-and-coming leaders and is now entering its tenth year of preparing emerging leaders for expanded roles in their organizations and in the community. The Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge is the service learning component of the Leadership Louisville Center’s program. Additional partners and sponsors contributing to the program’s success include: Yum! Brands, Inc., Brown-Forman Corporation, Northwestern Mutual and UPS. Ignite Louisville was founded by the Leadership Louisville Center in 2003 in partnership with the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) and the Louisville Urban League Young Professionals (LULYP).

About the Leadership Louisville Center: Created in 1979, the Leadership Louisville Center’s mission is to expand and connect a diverse network of leaders who serve as catalysts for a world-class community through dynamic programming and strong community connections. More than 6,000 community leaders have graduated from the Center’s programs that include Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville and Bingham Fellows. In 2011, the Leadership Louisville Center was recognized as one of the top seven community leadership programs in the U.S. in a benchmark study by the Center for Creative Leadership, the “gold standard” global provider of executive leadership education and research.

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