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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.

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 >>

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 >>

Wall Street Journal Bloggers Bearish on Nonprofits; CRE Bullish

By Mohan Sikka -- Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, entitled: “Once-Robust Charity Sector Hit with Mergers, Closings.” And the blog comments posted after the article are interesting, too. We at CRE think the non-profit sector is, even in its resource-depleted state, still a powerful force for change and for good. Many vital social services in our society would not be, and could not be, delivered as economically as they are by non-profits. The sector overwhelmingly does a good job of serving needs efficiently.  Read more >>

CRE Participates in Capacity Building Event for Queens-based Nonprofits

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.   Read more >>

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

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).  Read more >>

CRE Executive Director, Fran Barrett, Named New Yorker of the Week

CRE's Fran Barrett was named New Yorker of the Week by NY1 because of her extraordinary dedication to helping nonprofits throughout the five boroughs. Fran is the Executive Director and Founder of Community Resource Exchange (CRE) – a leading provider of management consulting to New York City community-based organizations that fight poverty and champion social justice issues. She founded CRE in 1979 to give the leadership of neighborhood groups in New York greater access to training, resources and support they needed to sustain excellent services, and to build strong and effective infrastructures to position their organizations to affect poverty.   Read more >>

CRE Partners with the Staten Island Foundation to Support Nonprofits Under Pressure

Image used under a Creative Commons license from flickr user exfordy CRE is proud to announce the publication of our latest monograph, A Case Study in Collaboration: How Community Resource Exchange and the Staten Island Foundation Partnered to Support Nonprofits Under Pressure. This monograph details how Community Resource Exchange and the Staten Island Foundation partnered to support nonprofits on Staten Island during this difficult economic environment.   Read more >>

Is Bigger Better? Fran makes the case for small nonprofits

Fran recently wrote an article for the Fall 2009 issue of Nonprofit Quarterly entitled "Is Bigger Better? The Case for Small Nonprofits". In the article, Fran shows that small nonprofits are just as innovative, effective and reliable as larger institutions. To read the article, click here!

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