Since Peer Skill Share was launched in 2010, more than 800 individuals from 300 nonprofit organizations have participated in this free, one-on-one professional development program. When surveyed, participants were overwhelmingly positive:
- 92% rated their Peer Skill Share experience as excellent or good.
- 86% reported gaining knowledge, and using that knowledge in that job.
- 89% said Peer Skill Share helped them and/or their organizations because they’ve shared what they learned with others, or it’s directly improved departmental results and efficiency.
- 51% report keeping in touch with their ‘match partner’ and following up on their own via subsequent calls, meetings, emails, social media, etc.
What did participants find most valuable?
- Making new contacts in the nonprofit field that might continue to be useful to me.
- Learning how another person/agency tackled the issue I was facing.
- Getting new skills without having to pay for a workshop.
- Knowing my agency received a $200 grant for my participation.
“Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the excellent Peer Skill Share program. This is the second year I've been lucky enough to participate, and although I have been called upon as an ‘advisor,’ I always learn at least as much as I impart. As I'm sure you know, it's challenging to make time to reach out to peers and network, given the many demands on nonprofit leaders and staff members. Institutionalizing it this way—and with a financial reward for doing so—not only facilitates valuable networking, but ultimately strengthens participating organizations in important ways. Thank you for The Pierce Family Foundation's innovation and leadership with this program.” -local Executive Director