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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.

Using Nonprofit Interns and Volunteers Effectively

By Ximena Rua-Merkin, Senior Consultant - I recently had an opportunity to work with a youth-led organization that is managed by a bright group of college students, including four part-time employees in their early twenties. In working with this group of “twenty-somethings,” I was reminded of the incredible talent, passion, energy, and resourcefulness college students bring to the table. Unfortunately, nonprofit organizations often times miss the opportunity to engage young people in meaningful volunteer opportunities or leadership roles for fear of their abilities or lack of ideas on how to work with them.  Read more >>

HR Without HR, Part 2: Tips For Recruiting and Retaining Qualified Staff

By Pavitra Menon, Senior Consultant - One of the most fundamental and extremely critical functions of managing your human resources is recruitment. When a job opens up, it really is an opportunity to assess whether or not this is a position that is needed or is still relevant to the organization. In addition, by hiring the “right” candidate for the job you get an infusion of fresh ideas, perspective, and energy. In order to be done right this function needs to be given the critical attention it deserves. Here are some tips to engage in effective recruiting:

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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 >>

What Works In Leadership Development

 By Mohan Sikka - An intriguing finding of the latest Daring to Lead study is that non-profit executives rate "non-didactic" professional development strategies very highly. The highest rated activities are "Executive Coaching" and "Peer Networks", which are predominantly non-didactic. The next highest rated activity was "Leadership Development Programs". When well-designed like our Leadership Caucus, this also includes multiple non-didactic elements.  Read more >>

Daring to Lead: A National Study on Executive Leadership

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 Read more >>

Free Services for CBOs During Hard Times

By Linda Levine, Member of Gray Matters - Has there ever been a time of greater need for NYC’s underserved urban communities? If you direct or work in a CBO, you know the struggle to provide a multiplicity of crucial services at a time when funds are scarce! Many communities suffer from lack of decent housing, medical and legal services, educational opportunities, as well as the impact of environmental injustice, limited access to the arts and the many other benefits enjoyed by citizens in more prosperous communities. Typically understaffed for the services they seek to provide, CBO's are keenly aware of how much more they might do with some professional assistance.  Read more >>

The Power of the Resource Exchange: The Best Nonprofits Freely Share Their Expertise

by Holly Delany Cole - When Community Resource Exchange was established 30 years ago, its initial aim was to create a ‘space’ where nonprofits could assist one another directly, create support networks and share tools, templates and strategies for getting greater community outcomes.  CRE eventually became an intermediary whose staff partners with nonprofits to identify and solve institutional concerns and provides them with information and other resources, but we’ve never lost sight of our fundamental interest in promoting productive direct exchanges between and among nonprofits.  Read more >>

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