Brushy Fork Annual Institute

Principles and Practices for Managing a Not-for-Profit Organization

Track Leader: Aimee Russillo

Share knowledge, build leadership skills, and obtain tools and techniques to help you respond effectively to the needs of the community and the demand for accountability and professionalism.

This session will explore topics related to back office management (including legal and administrative issues), financial management, Board development, and other critical topics for managing for impact.

This track focuses primarily on management practices rather than the programmatic work of organizations. As such, this training session will be most relevant for aspiring or new leaders, or executive directors seeking a management tune-up. Sessions will be participatory, using real world examples based on your needs and issues.

Track capacity: 20

Physical tools and takeaways for this session:

  • Participants will develop a peer network for ongoing mutual support.
  • Resource lists including tips and tricks related to management topics
  • Templates and checklists for essential management processes, including budgets
  • Board Development resource package
Aimee Russillo began her career more than twenty-five years ago as a management consultant and as the newest recruit was given all of the pro-bono work for not for profits that no one else wanted. She realized this opportunity to apply her business management skills in the not for profit setting to make her difference in the world – helping organizations be more effective and efficient in delivering on their mission.

Over the years she has served dozens of not for profits through skills training in organizational development, project design, operations management, managing for impact and strategic planning. Her areas of specialization are in small and medium sized not for profits, transitioning for growth and institutional strengthening.  She is known for her proactive, practical  approach to solving problems and understanding and empathy for overworked staff with competing priorities.

She has lived and worked in Latin America, Africa and Europe, but she found her home in Berea after meeting her husband, a Kentucky native, working in Ecuador.  Her clients include the Ford Foundation, USAID and United Nations with a focus on assessment and organizational development of not for profit and civil society grant recipients. She serves as a volunteer Board member and technical advisor for several small not for profits in the US. She has a BS in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth and a joint MBA-JD from the University of South Carolina.


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