Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an approach to planning and positive change that has been used successfully in non-profit organizations around the world. AI is broad-based, highly participative, and energizing. It builds new skills in staff members, develops new leaders, encourages a culture of inquiry, and helps create shared vision and purpose for your non-profit by building on your organization’s core values and strengths.

Limited funding requires many non-profit organizations to do more with less. Appreciative Inquiry is a popular means of change for AI is relatively inexpensive to deliver, easily scalable, highly experiential, and inviting to all stakeholders.

Popular Trainings and Workshops

  • Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT)
  • Conversations Bootcamp
  • Inquiry Based Management (IBM)
  • NextUp: The Art and Science of High Performing Teams


  • A Connected Team Creates Positive Energy

    By Patti Phillips

  • Engaging Communities in Planning for Positive Change

    By several authors working for the City of Charlotte

  • Stories to Build Your Dreams Upon

    By James Blades, Pastor

  • You Are Part of the Change in Nayón

    By Hilda Lanas, Development Consultant

Recommended Reading

  • Appreciative Leadership: Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance and Build a Thriving Organization

    By Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom, and Kae Rader

  • Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement

    By Jacqueline Stavros and Cheri Torres

  • Reframing Evaluation Through Appreciative Inquiry

    By Hallie Preskill

Related Resources

  • Engaging in Difficult Conversations: Discussing What Matters MostWebinar

    Delivered by Dr. Cheri Torres

  • Strength-Based Leadership: Positive Approaches for Outstanding PerformanceWebinar

    Delivered by Dr. Ray Wells

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