Navigating the NonProfit Learning Ecosystem

June 28, 2023
3 minutes
Nancy Bacon joins #IDIODC.

Nonprofit organizations need training too. Just like the for-profit enterprise, a nonprofit has learning needs. Some of that learning is unique to the nonprofit world. And just like SMBs and large enterprises, nonprofits come in all sizes. And as these organizations scale up, so do their training needs. If you're an L&D professional you may have considered working for, or consulting with, a nonprofit. Much of your work will remain the same, but understanding the unique nature of the nonprofit entity will help you succeed and avoid common pit falls.

Nancy Bacon has committed her professional career in L&D to supporting nonprofits. She joined us to share her insights into this world and how you can benefit from knowing a little more about them. Since many trainees are volunteers, as you might imagine, motivating them to action is a challenge. This is Nancy's specialty and applies adult learning theories to make that action happen.  

Just because you do not work in a nonprofit company does not mean this episode is not for you. This episode is exactly for you. You may not work in a nonprofit currently, but at some point, you will, or should, be a volunteer. Your skills could be just the thing a struggling nonprofit needs and we're here to help you. Join us for this unique look into the world of L&D and nonprofits.

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About Nancy Bacon

Nancy Bacon is the CEO of Nancy Bacon Consulting, a nonprofit education production company that designs and delivers outcome-based learning for nonprofit, foundation, and public sector clients. Nancy Bacon is a teacher, instructional designer, and learning strategist who has worked for over 25 years in the nonprofit sector. 


Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (affectionately known as IDIODC) is a weekly live videocast and podcast that helps instructional designers with pain points and provides best practices and industry insight.  

Every Wednesday morning at 10am ET hosts Brent Schlenker and Chris Van Wingerden guide us through an upbeat and candid conversation with their guests from the elearning and training world. The live cast session encourages peers to participate in the chat and share their own personal insight! After airing live, you can catch the learning podcast on all major streams such as Spotify, Apple and Google Play podcasts, as well as on YouTube.

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