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RFQs for Consultant Expertise

For consultants with experience & expertise in nonprofit organizational development please consider submitting an RFQ for the third round of our POWER program.

RFQ is due May 1, 2018. Learn More »

“Seek more of yourself.”

“There’s nothing really above me I can’t do.” These words, by Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders graduate Charles Rivers, encapsulate the intent of the program. NTL is a 9-week training program for potential community leaders and board members, especially those who are new or unfamiliar with nonprofit board service. Learn More »

“Be A man, not the Man.”

“Be A man, not the man.” But, wondered Joe Horan, a teacher/coach in the Syracuse City School District, how is a man defined? Twelve years ago he started a program that teaches middle school boys to be a SIR: have SIGNIFICANCE, show INTEGRITY, and value RELATIONSHIPS. Initially an intramural basketball program with forty 7th and 8th grade boys at Levy Middle School, the Building Men Program has seen significant growth over the years. Learn More »

Fewer meetings, more systems, stronger outcomes

Sixty four meetings a year. If you’re a board member, this is overwhelming. If you’re a nonprofit staff member, you are buried under the constant coordination of board and committee meetings. How about some further numbers? $40,000 led to $500,000 over two years – quite a return on investment. Over the course of two years Oswego County Opportunities undertook an intensive assessment and capacity planning process as part of ADVANS. Learn More »

Applications Open for 2018 Leadership Program

Applications now open for upcoming Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders classes. Deadline is March 5th, 2018. The 9-week course begins March 28 and is offered each Wednesday night through May 24 (no class 4/25) with graduation on May 30th. Learn More »

2018 Deadlines for “What if…” Mini Grants

Upcoming deadlines for “What if…” mini grants are: March 9, 2018 (funding released after April 23) and
May 11, 2018 (funding released after June 25). Don’t forget the required info session (2nd Thursday of each month) to learn more! Learn More »

Sally Fisher Curran named 2017 recipient of the Kathy Goldfarb-Findling Leadership Award

Congratulations to Sally Fisher Curran, our newest “Kathy” recipient! The honor goes to those with Kathy Goldfarb-Findling’s special approach to leadership: to be nimble and creative; to encourage lifelong learning; to embrace leaps of faith and not fear failure; to work “with” not do “for”; to fully engage in collaborative approaches and to at all times believe passionately in the power of change and personal growth. Learn More »

“What if…” Films for Fall

Mark your calendars for the next two “What if…” films, run by Art Rage Gallery and sponsored by the Gifford Foundation. These free films celebrate how communities endeavor to make change, neighbor by neighbor. Learn More »

StoryGrowing Begins Again!

Read about the newest cohort of StoryGrowing organizations, and about the power of stories to affect change. In fact, a story told at the Info Session led to an immediate donation! Learn More »

Blow that horn, bang those drums

“Youth hanging out playing basketball or chilling at the picnic tables … at first got up to leave but came back when we started playing, bringing food and hanging out to listen, Some of the kids playing basketball even joined in on percussion instruments. This surprised me because I thought they might be ‘too cool’ for it, but they fully embraced what we were doing and thanked us for bringing music to the park.” Learn More »

Guest Post: 2016 “Kathy” recipient Melissa Spicer

Since I began working with the military community, I have been privileged to see a dimension of leadership from which we all can learn. I learned from all military members that leaders never forget they are part of a team. Almost always, leaders of the military defer their success to others: their team mates. Learn More »

StoryGrowing 2.0 Launches

Workshops, one on one planning, personal “Sherpa,” hours of coaching, practicums, peer learning and most importantly – storytelling! Sign up by July 15 for Information Session to learn how to apply! Learn More »

Unique Workshops on Nonprofit Board Diversity

Join a unique combination: a workshop on the important topic of board diversity, coupled with the opportunity to network with the new graduates of our leadership training program, Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders. APPLY BY MAY 4. Learn More »

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