Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders

The dates for the 2018 Nourishing Tomorrow' Leaders Course have been announced. This program to train future board members and community leaders runs March 28-May 30. Applications open February 5. Learn More »

In order to increase inclusiveness and diversity on non-profit boards, deepen the pool of trained board members and inspire potential leaders we offer Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders. The nine-week course focuses on leadership development through board service is taught by community leaders. Now in its fourth iteration, the series is designed and developed with the assistance of residents and prominent local partners like Leadership Greater Syracuse, the Human Services Leadership Council, and the Central New York Community Foundation.

The workshops provide an overview of how board members add value, how to make the connection between your passion and area nonprofits, what it means to be a nonprofit and more. Topics include organizational lifecycles, group dynamics, networking and conflict resolution.

Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders is for…

• Those who have the desire to give back to the community and strive for fair, just and healthy communities.
• Those who are interested in her/his personal leadership development and growth.
• Those who have a desire to join a nonprofit board or are new to board service.
• Those who believe that diversity and inclusiveness is important.
• Those who are interested in expanding their network.

In 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. Classes run from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the CNY Philanthropy Center and a light meal is provided.  The cost is $50 with scholarships available. Applications will be available online starting February 5 with a deadline of March 5. For further information contact Sheena Solomon.



We believe that diversity in a not for profit board is vital – and we define diversity as including board members that represent the population the organization serves. Diversity is not based simply on race and ethnicity, but also socio-economic group, age, gender, geography, etc. – in short, in diversity of thought and perspective. Many nonprofits desire to diversify their board, but just don’t know how to make connections. In addition we are aware that there are many valuable and potential leaders who are rarely considered for board service and/or have themselves felt they would not be eligible.

In fall of 2014 a partnership of the Gifford Foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation, Leadership Greater Syracuse, the Human Services Leadership Council and City of Syracuse residents developed a new initiative called Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders which focuses on leadership development through board service. The goal is to increase inclusiveness and diversity on non-profit boards; increase and enhance the pool of effective board members and new leaders; educate and inspire those who participate and provide quality training to individuals in the community. The initial program graduated 28 individuals in November of 2014. “I learned so much and I am excited to begin deciding where I should dedicate my time to give back to the community,” states one of these graduates. Participants appreciated the honest discussions, the detailed information about board responsibilities, and clear deliberate effort to insure that not only participants but also presenters reflected the varied make-up of our community.  Since it inception more than 80 individuals have gone through the program.

If you are a not for profit organization seeking a connection with one of the NTL graduates, please complete the application.

2017 NTL graduates

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