Applications open for LEAP Initiative supporting growth in nonprofit news

LOS ANGELES -- July 31, 2017 -- INN is seeking applications for an executive training and mentoring program designed to help senior leaders of nonprofit news organizations navigate strategic challenges that advance their growth and impact.

Applications for the program are open to INN members through August 14.

The LEAP Initiative is a cohort-based leadership program designed to help senior managers of well-established nonprofit news organizations who need to update their strategy, make a strategic pivot or move to the next level of growth. LEAP is short for Lead, Execute, Accelerate, Pivot -- four moves that help in leading growth in fast-changing environments.

A broad field of nonprofit newsrooms launched in the last decade built solid growth in their initial years and have become vital news sources for the public. Many now seek to make a significant jump in scale or move strategically to build on their momentum, address a major challenge or opportunity and ensure their long-term sustainability.

LEAP is designed to help them make these strategic shifts, as well as further strengthen and support nonprofit news leaders in strategic planning and decision-making.

The cohort of four member executives this year and ten in 2018 will work together to address their strategic challenges with support and guidance from subject matter experts and business coaches.

The program combines in-person training, three online group meetings with subject matter experts and advisors and up to four one-hour individual executive coaching sessions. In-person training sessions will be held in Philadelphia on Oct. 2 and 3 and the initial 2017 program will conclude by the end of March 2018.

LEAP is funded by a generous donation from the Democracy Fund.

The program will be lead by INN Program & Services Director Fran Scarlett.  Scarlett is an experienced business growth coach who has helped hundreds of for-profit and nonprofit businesses start up and scale up over the last eight years.  She brings to the project a Harvard MBA and more than 18 years of experience in news media, as a product development manager, business development executive and starting as a reporter. Added trainers and business mentors will be announced as the program launches.

Applicants will be selected based on factors including:

- ability to articulate their long-term organizational goals for growth and sustainability

- ability to identify the top challenge to achieving their organizational goals

- willingness and organizational capacity to implement the plans developed during the program

- commitment to dedicate significant time to participation

-  group composition, diversity and strategic challenges that lend themselves to group consideration

For applications and added information, go to Programs at, or email Fran Scarlett.

About INN:

The Institute for Nonprofit News is a growing national network of 130 nonprofit news organizations dedicated to providing investigative and public service reporting. INN was founded in 2009 to foster a new collective of newsrooms serving the public interest. Today it functions as an innovation network, helping members develop new ways to support journalism and engage communities, providing business, technology and leadership support and a framework for collaboration. INN’s work helps newsrooms bring investigative and civic news to more people, hold the powerful accountable and strengthen democracy.

More information can be found at or contact CEO Sue Cross.