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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The DOME, an acronym for Developing Opportunities through Meaningful Education, was founded in 1973 to challenge the myriad threats to youngsters who had fallen through the cracks of the traditional school system by creating an alternative school program. Our mission is to assist young people and their families who are economically, socially, and academically challenged to focus on their education as a means to success. Over the last forty years, The DOME has evolved into a multi-faceted organization designing and implementing a variety of programs and services geared towards educational success that integrates social services, academic intervention and support, career exploration, leadership development for young people, advocacy, and criminal justice. Read more >>
By Jeff Ballow, Senior Consultant - Is training more valuable for participants when you bring the training experience to their communities? This is one question that has emerged during the last year as part of our Neighborhood Based Capacity-Building Initiative funded by the New York Community Trust. So far we’ve taken this mountain-to-Mohammed approach to management development in East New York in Brooklyn and Far Rockaway in Queens, and in early May we launched a similar training series in the High Bridge section of the Bronx. Here’s what we have learned so far: Read more >>
By Valyrie Laedlein, CRE Co-Director - Nonprofit leaders are hard-wired for accountability.
The tax-exempt sector was structured to assure accountability to the public since its very beginning. Nearly all the leaders whom CRE has had the privilege to work with drive themselves to be sure they are doing right by their communities. And in this moment of terribly constrained resources, all of us are conscious of how important it is that we make every dollar matter in terms of its rightful and effective use. Read more >>
CRE is seeking to recruit a graduate student or a rising junior or senior college student for a summer internship. The applicant for this position should have a specific interest in learning about management and capacity-building for nonprofit organizations. As a part of this learning experience, the intern will support CRE’s Consulting Team, assisting with client work as well as providing administrative and project support. Read more >>