A blog for those interested in what affects, motivates and drives the New York City Nonprofit Sector — written by CRE’s crackerjack consulting team. We hope you use this space to share your thoughts, ask questions and engage in conversations about our city, social justice and the nonprofit sector.
The last seven days have been stunning. We’ve had ice storms upon snow storms, subway shut downs, political scandals across the Hudson, and disappointments on Capitol Hill.
But those of us with an eye on New York’s nonprofit community – and the City’s new administration – are busy taking in the breathtaking level of transition that is hitting our sector. Read more >>
Recent developments at the New York State level to implement the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 have surfaced a new round of concern among board members about compliance and oversight. Whether prompted by this law or other factors, I’ve been struck by the frequency with which I’m engaged in conversations with executives and board chairs about just what their board should be doing in terms of “oversight.” Read more >>
I’m often asked by CRE clients what is the ideal size and structure for a nonprofit board or how many committees a board should have. Read more >>
Successful boards all have characteristics in common. In this, the first in a series of articles on board development and leadership, CRE Co-Director Valyrie Laedlein shares her perspective on what makes a board successful. Read more >>
The Osborne Association, Inc. is a nonprofit criminal justice organization with its headquarters in the Bronx. For 80 years, the Association has provided services to the accused, people currently or formerly incarcerated, and their children and families. The Osborne Association operates programs and has offices in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Rikers Island, Dutchess County, and several New York State correctional facilities. Read more >>
CRE is pleased to announce a new search for the Administrator of The Scherman Foundation
About The Scherman Foundation
Founded in 1941, The Scherman Foundation nurtures excellent nonprofit organizations and leaders in the fields of community development, environment, reproductive justice, human rights, the arts, and governmental accountability by providing long-term general operating support. It particularly values policy advocacy and grassroots organizing, believing that an engaged population creates multiple paths to equitable, sustainable, and structural social change. The Foundation has a special commitment to New York City, while also funding nationally and, in limited instances, internationally. Read more >>
By Holly Delany Cole
…are nonprofit organizations. The language about social entrepreneurship has become code for the way to ‘do anything good at scale’ at least since the late 1980’s. It’s a big tent these days. Social entrepreneurs today are finding their footing in the B corporations they have formed, at hedge funds whose principals make strategic investments in nonprofits, at ‘for difference’ organizations, and at government agencies that are partnering with the private sector to establish social impact bond initiatives. All of these moves in my mind have value. But a reminder to us all: nonprofit organizations have been the vehicles through which enormous social good has been generated and important social change engendered for more than a century. Read more >>
By Louisa Hackett - What makes an organization effective? Sure strong managers, high performing staff, visionary leaders, sufficient resources and up-to-date technology all play a part. But a critical element, maybe the most critical, is clarity of purpose. Without knowing fundamentally what an organization is striving to accomplish and for whom, the chance to have the most effective programs is lost and muddled, diffuse programming can follow. Read more >>
By Pamela Dicent - The Far Rockaway/Arverne Nonprofit Coalition was created nearly three years ago by a core group of nonprofit service providers that recognized the value of coming together to address common issues in the Rockaways, particularly around engaging and developing young people on the Peninsula. From the very start of CRE’s involvement as facilitator, it was clear that this was a new kind of collaboration in town – one that has already fulfilled its promise of strengthening the network of nonprofit organizations. Read more >>