WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - July 06, 2016) - NeighborWorks America today announced 50 senior managers from around the country have been chosen for the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program, which will equip them with the skills to advance their organizations' performance across multiple disciplines. NeighborWorks America is a national nonprofit offering a variety of community and business development training programs that assist local organizations in creating opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities. The fifty participants will begin the program in August. This is the eighth Achieving Excellence class, and is made possible in part by support from our generous sponsor, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

The NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program uses a holistic approach that includes structured peer learning and executive coaching, along with intensive sessions at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. The training empowers existing leaders to transform their organizations for greater impact, while also developing leaders throughout the organization, strengthening all layers of management within an organization. Organizations in this class will address issues including affordable housing development and homeownership, small business development, revitalizing neighborhoods and building healthy communities, and decreasing energy consumption and costs.

The NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program has graduated 325 CEOs and other senior leaders since the first class began in 2002.

In an impact evaluation of a recent class of the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program, 72 percent created positive change in their communities, 77 percent raised staff performance and morale, and 100 percent improved organizational strength and results.

"The NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program equips leaders with the tools to build stronger organizations, including more engaged and results-oriented staff and board members working to achieve even greater impact in their communities. This not only affects the organizations and communities but also results in a stronger pipeline of energized leaders throughout the nonprofit sector," said Christina Deady, senior director of leadership and workforce development at NeighborWorks America.

This year's program begins in August with the first of three Harvard University-based sessions, plus three additional meetings across the country. It will conclude with a graduation and a forum with alumni from classes one-seven at a NeighborWorks Training Institute. Between sessions, participants will work on the challenge most critical to their organizations' success, with the guidance of their executive coach and the feedback from their peer group.

For more information, visit www.neighborworks.org/ae.

About NeighborWorks America
For more than 35 years, NeighborWorks America, a national, nonpartisan nonprofit, has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $27.2 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation's leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

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