Peer Growth


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Peer Group

What are Peer Growth Groups?

Ever have decisions you can’t bring to your board or team to process? Do you ever want to network with peers outside your town or area of service? We thought so. You’re not alone. Peer groups are cohorts built around a common role or objective that meet regularly and confidentially. Nonprofit Hub’s initial peer growth group offerings are designed to help executives and those new to the nonprofit sector—two groups we recognize are often in need of encouragement and trusted allies.

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What you can expect from your peer group:

  • Weekly one-hour Zoom meetings with your group. Meetings are structured to help members address pain points or struggles. In addition, it’s an opportunity to collaborate on meaningful goals and track progress. 
  • Access to a private Cause Network channel to chat with your peer group, share resources, have private conversations and encourage one another.
  • Confidentiality and trust from your peers. Limited group size allows members to build trust and relationships while also having adequate time and capacity to support each other.  
  • Expert moderation and guidance from nonprofit experts, Katie Appold or Joel Kessel. Joel is a strategy and leadership expert and one of the highest regarded coaches in the sector and has successfully led peer groups for years. Katie is the executive director of Do More Good and Nonprofit Hub with a background that includes leadership of small and global nonprofit organizations as well as startups. Read their bios below!
  • New perspectives. This will not be a group of peers from the same community, but rather a chance to network and learn from those working in the sector throughout the United States. Therefore, you’ll get to engage with new perspectives.

Who are good candidates for peer groups?

  • Growth-minded professionals – You understand that you don’t have everything figured out and you’re okay with that. Above all, you’re always looking for ways to get better.
  • Vulnerable sharers – We believe the more comfortable you are being vulnerable, open, and transparent, the more you will grow. According to professor and author Brené Brown, “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.”
  • Good people – In other words, no jerks are allowed in the peer groups. We’re here to help, challenge, lift up, see the unseen, support, guide, and encourage everyone to be their very best. We’re truth-tellers who are also looking to make a larger impact.
  • Curious minds – You’re eager to learn and open to trying different approaches and ideas. In other words, you often wonder what the “what ifs” would do for you and others.
  • Committed team players – You show up to every meeting and session ready to improve yourself and those around you.
Executive Peer Group Badge

Includes lifetime membership to Cause Network!


Moderated by Joel Kessel | Max 14 Participants

If you’re a growth-minded nonprofit CEO, President, or Executive Director who is looking to take yourself and your nonprofit to the next level through executive coaching, strategic planning, or team leadership development, this is your group!

New to Nonprofit Peer Group Badge

$499/Four-Month Program

1 Hourly Meeting/Week

Tuesdays 11:30AM – 12:30PM EST or
Thursdays 1:00PM – 2:00PM EST

Moderated by Katie Appold, MPA

Whether you’re in your first role within a nonprofit organization or in the midst of launching a new cause, this group is designed to help you navigate the ins and outs of the nonprofit sector. There is no such thing as a stupid question in this group and there are no assumptions of what you “should know” before entering cause work. Participants meet weekly for one hour via Zoom over the span of four months.

Learn to Lead Peer Group

Coming SOON! Waitlist Open!

The CEO or ED is not the only leadership position that needs a peer group! If you’re guiding your organization from a mid-level role, this is your group! Effective leadership begins with committing to being a lifetime learner!

Peer Groups include Cause Network Membership

In addition to the peer group benefits explained above, you’ll enjoy some great perks as part of the Cause Newtork, including:

CFRE continuing education credit

A mobile app for easy access on-the-go

Discounted access to Cause Camp!

Learn more about Cause Camp!

An interactive peer network

All past Cause Camp conference recordings

A topic-based portfolio of webinars, articles, and guides

Self-paced courses, and discounts on premium courses

Affordable professional development memberships in the sector

Meet the Peer Group Moderators

Joel Kessel Principal | Kessel Strategies | Executive Peer Group Moderator

Joel Kessel, Peer Growth Group ModeratorJoel is a strategic advisor who helps nonprofits increase their impact through strategic planning and advising. For more than 25 years Joel has been advising, training, and guiding growth-minded nonprofit organizations as well as for-profit leaders and entrepreneurial-minded business owners to think more strategically and communicate more effectively so they can impact the people they lead. Joel has worked with industry leaders ranging from national nonprofits, manufacturing, and healthcare, to technology and book publishing companies. 

As a trusted advisor, he serves as a private sounding board, expert strategist, someone with a fresh perspective, and a few have even called him, “The calm in the center of our storm.”


Katie Appold, MPA | Do More Good | New to Nonprofit Peer Group Moderator

Katie Appold, Peer Growth Group ModeratorKatie’s nonprofit career includes a variety of leadership roles for human service, foundation, and publishing-related nonprofits as well as many volunteer roles. Under Katie’s leadership, nonprofit organizations have developed new programs related to free healthcare, affordable and accessible housing, and literacy programs for K-12 students. In her first Executive Director role, Katie increased the annual revenue of the organization she led by 300% and received the top grant prize in the nation for affordable housing through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis. Today, she leads Do More Good, the parent organization of Nonprofit Hub and Cause Camp which collectively serve more than 50,000 nonprofits throughout North America.

Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree in business administration and a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership.

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