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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.

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. ..

Thursday, June 13, 2013

5 Questions Driving Organizational Effectiveness

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.  ..

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

CRE Seeking Summer Interns for 2013 - SEARCH CLOSED

By Barbara Turk and Pamela Dicent - The situation in the Rockaways is far from normal this week, but has improved since our last report on the status of CRE’s nonprofit partners in Arverne and Far Rockaway. Members of the Far Rockaway/Arverne Nonprofit Coalition convened by phone on Wednesday and reported that collaboration between groups has been challenging, with duplication of efforts inevitable given the isolation created by initial communication challenges. Each organization is making progress in getting back in touch with its colleagues and clients, and is identifying opportunities to partner with their Coalition colleagues and others to best serve the immediate needs of their clients.  ..

Thursday, November 15, 2012

An Update on the Rockaways

By Jean Lobell - The Daring to Lead 2011 National Report is here!  Community Resource Exchange (CRE) is happy to be a partner in this national study of nonprofit executive leadership.  As you read the report, the picture that emerges is the remarkable steadfastness and resilience of our sector’s leadership.  For CRE, the results affirm our own commitment to high quality and accessible leadership development opportunities..

Monday, June 27, 2011

Daring to Lead: A National Study on Executive Leadership

CRE is celebrating an extraordinary 30 years of serving community based organizations across New York City!  Through our comprehensive consulting and management assistance services, over the past three decades CRE has helped New York City’s nonprofit organizations become stronger and more effective in fighting poverty and advancing social justice. ..

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Celebrating 30 With CRE

By Ximena Rua-Merkin - This past fall, CRE embarked on a neighborhood based capacity building initiative to bring our services directly to organizations working in four of New York City’s neighborhoods most affected by the economic downturn. One of these neighborhoods is Highbridge. Located north of Yankee Stadium and West of the number 4 Subway line, Highbridge has been described by public authorities as one of the poorest neighborhoods in the City. However, as I get to know and work in this community, I realize that while its residents may face tremendous challenges, Highbridge is in no way poor.  ..

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

CRE’s Neighborhood Work: A View from Highbridge

by Valyrie Laedlein-A search on the internet on the topic of succession planning yields considerable guidance and commentary for and from the corporate sector.  Just this week, Forbes.com ran a story on the Chief Information Officer for Equinix, who has been with the company since 2008 and is already preparing his successor, even though the CIO has no intention of leaving anytime soon.  Raising questions related to who will follow the CEO, the COO, the CIO or any other company’s leader is not considered impolitic in that sector.  Indeed, it is expected and seen as exercising good business judgment.  Grooming rising talent for executive positions is not disrespectful of those currently holding those positions.  Failing to do so is considered irresponsible and short-sighted. ..

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Preparing for Succession

I have some very exciting news. After thirty years as Executive Director of Community Resource Exchange, I am handing the reins over to our two star-quality deputy directors, Holly Delany Cole and Valyrie Laedlein.   ..

Monday, June 14, 2010

Dear CRE Friends

On a day when most people are enjoying a holiday, City Council Member James Sanders, Jr. gathered nonprofit leaders in District 31 in Queens (Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, Rosedale and the Rockaways) to network and receive training on nonprofit management.  Topics included starting a nonprofit, fundraising, planning and budgeting.  CRE consultant Arnaldo Simo led a session on Contingency Planning and Budgeting for nonprofits with budgets of $1 million and greater.  ..

Saturday, January 30, 2010

CRE Participates in Capacity Building Event for Queens-based Nonprofits

CRE has been selected by Public Health Solutions, to once again provide capacity building service to eligible groups under the Communities of Color Initiative (NYCCCOC - New York City Council Communities of Color). ..

Thursday, January 21, 2010

CRE provides capacity building services for the Communities of Color Initiative (NYCCCOC - New York City Council Communities of Color)

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