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Participative leadership and how it can transform your nonprofit

Participative leadership and how it can transform your nonprofit

September 20, 2023

In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Lighthouse Counsel Content Coordinator Margaret Gardner talks with Willeke van Rijn, CEO of The Resource Alliance, about participative leadership and how it can transform the culture of an organization.

In their discussion, Willeke:

  • Explains what participative leadership is
  • Offers examples of what it looks like in action
  • Talks about the importance of giving voice to team members to keep them feeling passionate and engaged

About our guest

The Resource Alliance exists to strengthen the social impact sector by ensuring it has access to the resources necessary to enable just, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable societies.

“Our ambition is to bring together a highly engaged global community of fundraisers, campaigners, and activists and connect them with innovative thinking, best practices, and collaborative networks to support them in their mission.”

Following a term as board member, Willeke joined the Resource Alliance as CEO in March 2022. 

An experienced resource development manager in the nonprofit sector, with excellent strategic, international, financial, and people skills, Willeke previously led the Strategy and Analysis team at SOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest charity focused on providing a loving home for children everywhere.

Willeke was formerly a consultant for FUNDES in Mexico, where she provided guidance on research as well as strategic recommendations on an innovative online capacity-building platform for micro and small enterprises in emerging markets.

Prior to that, she spent 13 years at OXFAM as a global fundraising strategy advisor for affiliates around the world, including Mexico, India, South Africa, Brazil, Italy, Germany, and Belgium, where she provided strategic fundraising oversight; R&D of new fundraising markets and channels; and entry, set-up, and market development of new fundraising departments and personnel from idea to execution.

Connect with Willeke on LinkedIn.