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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 »

Growing POWERfully

New technology that led to stability and growth. Changed procedures and practices that strengthened staff and boards. Honest sharing among peers in order to confront fears. And helpful consultants asking ”really incisive and probing questions.” We check in with the initial POWER cohort, one year later. Learn More »

Growing Stories in our Community

There were words. And pictures. And video. And laughter. And singing. There were stories. Eleven nonprofits capped off six months of workshops and coaching in the art of telling their story with a fun celebration. Learn what happened at “Growing Stories in our Community.” Learn More »

Six Nonprofits Start New Capacity Building Program

We have a new group of nonprofits for our capacity building initiative POWER (People & Organizations With Energy & Resilience.) The program is designed to assist grassroots organizations and organizations in the start-up lifecycle phase. Six nonprofits will be working for a year to increase their strength and operating capacity. Learn More »

Flags, Legos and Warm Summer Evenings

On a late afternoon a few weeks ago, Washington Square Park on Syracuse’s Northside was hopping. Children of all ages played on the playground as parents watched, basketball players shot hoops, and some kids delighted in playing with the fountain. Learn how a “What if…” mini grant helped. Learn More »

New Leaders for the Future

“I cannot be halfhearted about the organization or I will be unlikely to invest in its future” – outcomes of our third Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders program. Learn More »

RFQs for Consultant Expertise

Request for Qualifications For consultants with experience & expertise in nonprofit organizational development and the ability to commit two years to an intensive capacity building initiative If interested complete the Consultant RFQ Submission Deadline: June 21, 2017

Funders Collaborate on StoryGrowing

In the spring of 2016 eleven organizations began a nine-month learning program called StoryGrowing, a new initiative to build nonprofit and community capacity in storytelling. What’s next for the participants? Learn More »

Spring Workshops and Trainings

It may still be winter, but we’re busy thinking about our Spring Training. With us, it’s boards, stories and funding strategies instead of baseball. Here are the four workshop and training opportunities we’ve got on the horizon! Learn More »

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