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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.

Leaving the Projector Behind: CRE’s Community-Based Training Efforts

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 >>

CRE Seeking Summer Interns for 2013 - SEARCH CLOSED

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 >>

An Update on the Rockaways

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.   Read more >>

Far Rockaway Nonprofits Speak Out on Post-Hurricane Needs

By Barbara Turk, Senior Fellow – CRE has been visiting our clients in areas most affected by the Storm to understand their immediate and long-term needs, and to start the process of helping these community-based organizations recover. Since last week, I have made three visits to Far Rockaway and Arverne, Queens. CRE has been fostering the formation and development of the Far Rockaway/Arverne Nonprofit Coalition for nearly two years.   Read more >>

Every Vote Counts: Stepping Up Your Nonprofit's Role in Civic Engagement

By Louisa Hackett, Senior Managing Director - Community Resource Exchange is joining hundreds of other nonprofits across the country to promote National Voter Registration Day on September 25th. We support nonprofit civic engagement activities because we believe participating in our democracy furthers our mission of fighting poverty and advancing social justice.  Read more >>

What Do Invisible Nonprofits Mean For Community Leadership?

By Valyrie Laedlein, CRE Co-Director - Those of you accustomed to visiting this website know that CRE exists to support nonprofit organizations in becoming stronger and more effective in their work to fight poverty and advance social justice. So it came as a bit of a shocker to hear the director of a foundation who is a significant supporter of social services and nonprofit capacity building say in a meeting last week that nonprofit organizations are becoming increasingly “invisible.”  Read more >>

6 Key Reforms to Restore NYS Budget Cuts

By Rona Taylor, Social Work Intern - In 2009, New York State was faced with a $20 billion budget gap due to the weak economy. With the help of stimulus dollars, a personal income tax surcharge on New Yorkers making over $250,000, and new income tax reforms, that $20 billion budget gap has been reduced to a little over $1.5 million. However, the ongoing weak economy, in addition to the slow recovery, continues to undermine New York State’s efforts to restore those cuts. The following blog outlines information obtained from a Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) briefing.  Read more >>

CRE’s Current View of the Nonprofit Sector and What’s Needed Today

  By Holly Delany Cole and Valyrie Laedlein, CRE Co-Directors: It’s grim – politically and economically – for nonprofits, including CRE, and more significantly, for the people nonprofits are working with and issues that are important to them and us. CRE sees five key issues facing the nonprofit sector in the Fall of 2011.   Read more >>

A Bone To Pick About Government Contracting

By Holly Delany Cole, CRE Co-Director - There is a lot to talk about in the recently released Daring to Lead Report. We chose first to talk about what the report points to about the sustainability of the nonprofit model in the current environment, given the behavior of its most frequent funding partner.   Read more >>

SEARCH CLOSED Director of Development -- Chinese-American Planning Council

The Chinese-American Planning Council has re-opened their search for a Director of Development.  Working in close collaboration with the Executive Director and the Board, the Director of Development will be responsible for designing and implementing a fundraising plan to position the organization to appeal to a broad range of funders and ultimately diversify the organization’s funding base. S/he will plan, organize, and direct all fundraising strategies for the organization including   Read more >>

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