News & Views

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.

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The Right Relationship Is Everything


Get Ready, Board Members! You’ve Got Work to Do!

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 >>

Oversight vs. Partnership: The Board-Staff Relationship

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 >>

The Pause That Refreshes: Taking Time to Define a Board’s Mission

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 >>

What's Behind a Successful Board?

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 >>

Osborne Association - CLOSED

osborne logo 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 >>

The Scherman Foundation - CLOSED

CRE is pleased to announce a new search for the Administrator of The Scherman Foundation - CLOSED 

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 >>

The Original Social Entrepreneurs

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. 

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