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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.

Far Rockaway Leaders Look Ahead

By Maria Mottola, Executive Director, New York Foundation - A half hour into a January 31 meeting with leaders in Far Rockaway, I realized we were not talking anymore about Hurricane Sandy. We were talking about disasters, but not of the sort you can blame on the weather. Somehow the hurricane lost its potency as leaders described how isolation, poverty and incidents of violence persistently disrupt life on the peninsula.  Read more >>

Seeking to Understand the Role of Fundraisers

By Marla Cornelius, Senior Project Director, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services - As soon as we hit “send” we knew we were onto something.

CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund just launched a national survey exploring the role of development in nonprofits. The purpose of the research is to better understand the unique challenges of fundraisers and learn more about the issues that are contributing to high turnover in this critical leadership position.  Read more >>

Reflections on CRE's 13th Annual House Party

by Anne Hess, CRE Board Member - My husband Craig and I hosted CRE’s 13th Annual House Party fundraiser last month.  Several of our clients spoke eloquently about the work CRE had done for them and the impact it had on their organizations.  One speaker, Udai Tambar, of South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!) described CRE in a way that I would like to share.  Udai talked about the “Three T’s” that characterized his relationship with CRE – Trust, Temperament and Talent.    Read more >>

Deadline Day

By Maria Mottola, Executive Director, New York Foundation - About 16 years ago I sat in the back of an auditorium listening to a panel of foundation executives give grantseekers advice about submitting proposals. They listed a litany of things that one should avoid. They seemed sincerely overwrought about binders and attachments and they especially dreaded single-spaced, 10 point sans sarif fonts. As a newly hired program officer, I promised myself I would never sound that cantankerous.   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 >>

That Happy Music Again

By Maria Mottola, Executive Director of the New York Foundation - They played that happy music again on National Public Radio this morning. When Marketplace reports on the stock market performance, it plays either "We're in the Money" if the market went up or "stormy weather" if the market went down. Sometimes it plays "Don't mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing" which reminds us that no one really knows what’s going on with the market’s performance.  Read more >>

Is the Nonprofit Sector Missing an Opportunity to Leverage the Talents of Gen X and Gen Y Leaders?

by Richard A. Brown, Vice President, American Express Philanthropy - Today's emerging leaders are the best educated, the most diverse and the most technologically savvy generation in our nation's history. Generation Xers & Yers are committed to serving in the nonprofit sector, are passionate about the mission-driven organizations where they work, and many have been actively serving in the sector as community volunteers since a very young age.  Their commitment to "do something" is evident in the associations they have created to organize themselves, the organizations they have established to tackle intractable social issues, and the hard won achievements they have secured supporting established nonprofit organizations.    Read more >>

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