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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.

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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5 Questions Driving Organizational Effectiveness

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 >>

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 >>

The Impact of the Fiscal Cliff on Nonprofits

By Karen Erdos, Director of Development - As the President and Congress negotiate about how to deal with the fiscal cliff, the proposals on the table could have very different outcomes for nonprofits. The first, proposed by President Obama, is to have the Bush-era tax cuts remain in effect for households with incomes up to $250,000 ($200,000 for individuals) and to let the tax cuts for higher-income households and the estate tax rise back to levels last seen in the Clinton administration.  Read more >>

The Power of Collaboration and Why Evaluation Stinks Part II

By Michael Hickey, Independent Community Development Consultant - Just recently I attended a very compelling conference put on by The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, and my alma mater the Center for NYC Neighborhoods, entitled The Power of Collaboration. The title of the event comes from the very engaging article “Collective Impact,” published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Its authors make the argument that only through collaborative efforts can funders and nonprofit providers rise above the fragmentation of their service niche. The lay out a helpful framework include the following four components of effective collective action:  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 >>

5 Questions Driving Organizational Effectiveness

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 >>

Succession Planning and Performance Evaluations: Two Sides of the Same Coin

 By Jean Lobell - In an earlier post, I outlined Three Key Issues in Succession Planning. Today’s post is a continuation of the insights I shared on the key elements of a successful succession planning process.  Read more >>

Three Key Issues In Succession Planning

 By Jean Lobell - The talk about succession planning tends to be fraught with some anxiety, some confusion, and some misconceptions. My experience is that this can be avoided or at least minimized, if we got clear about three things:   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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