E-Newsletter                                       November 2011



In This Issue
Support Center Expands Executive Search & Change Consulting Services for Area Nonprofits
Building Nonprofit Capacity
Help Support the Steve Damiano Memorial Scholarship Fund
Journal for Nonprofit Management Call for Papers
Tweets for Thought
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Support Center Expands Executive Search

& Change Consulting Services for Area Nonprofits

Grantmakers contribute to ensure the health and       stability of their "mission-critical grantees"


The economy remains volatile and government cuts are upon us.  The needs in our communities are growing and even the strongest nonprofit organizations are struggling to "steady the ship."  Executive Director and CEO transitions, too, are disrupting the ability of nonprofit organizations to remain effective.


As nonprofit funding changes, community need incDon Crockerreases, and executive directors transition, it makes sense that the most caring and connected foundations and corporations are looking for ways to ensure the health and stability of their own "mission-critical" grantees.  Karen Brown (Support Center Board Member and Fairfield County Community Foundation VP of Programs), in a recent interview in Philanthropy News Digest's Philantopic said, "We've been urging grantees to continue to invest in staff and professional development and not to look at those kinds of investments as frills...funders need to consider supporting these programs in order to help organizations hold the line on their budgets without sacrificing effectiveness."


Many private and corporate funders are investing in efforts to ensure the health and well-being of the nonprofit groups and communities they care about.  JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the Altman Foundation, and the Prudential Foundation are just three of the many foundations that are demonstrating a real commitment to nonprofit effectiveness and impact, and are partnering in the Support Center's efforts to guide nonprofit change and transition. Read more... 

Meet the New Jersey Corporate Grantmakers
                  Grantmaker Strategy
in Times of Budget Cutbacks 

The panel will explore some of the challenges grantmakers and nonprofit organizations are facing in these difficult economic times.     


Friday, December 9th 
8:30am - 12:00pm

The Heldrich Hotel 
10 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Networking breakfast begins at 8:30am. The program begins at 9:00am.

To view the panelists and to register, please click here

Building Nonprofit Capacity: A Guide to Managing Change Through Organizational Lifecycles

Building Nonprofit Capacity


In this new book, authors John Brothers, Senior Fellow here at the Support Center, and Anne Sherman, of TCC Group seek to help nonprofit leaders figure out how to effectively navigate change within their organization, no matter how large or small the nonprofit might be.  They use the theory of nonprofit  "lifecycle advancement'  as a type of change management that can help organizations build capacities that are appropriate to each stage of a nonprofit.


"A central question for leadership is to identify where, and when, to focus organizational energy, and that is where Brothers and Sherman's book comes in. Changing organizations is never easy, which is why managers need the right set of maps and tools-like this one." Jon Pratt, Executive Director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

What's Included?

Building the Steve Damiano Scholarship Fund 

If you have ever attended a workshop or a funder's panel at the Support Center, then you probably met Steve Damiano. As Director of Professional Development at the Support Center

Steve Damiano
1961 - 2011

for eight years until his untimely death in July 2011, Steve strongly believed that learning empowers people to impact their lives and the lives of others. To continue his legacy, we are proud to announce the Steve Damiano Scholarship Fund. The goal of this fund is to raise $10,000 annually to give access to professional development workshops to nonprofit professionals who want to learn and thrive in the sector.


The fund is now accepting donations, and we hope you will join us in supporting professional development in the nonprofit sector and honoring Steve. To learn more about the fund and to contribute, please go to the the fund's scholarship page. On this page, you can get updates on on our progress and find out how nonprofit professionals can apply beginning in   


Journal for Nonprofit Management: Call for Papers for Spring 2012

The Support Center and the Rutgers School of Social Work jointly announce a Call for Papers for the Journal for Nonprofit Management. The peer reviewed Journal is a forum for the publication, discussion and dissemination of all aspects of developing a common base for nonprofit management practice.   


Submissions for the Spring 2012 online issue will be accepted until January 15, 2012. We welcome submissions from all areas of nonprofit management.  Please review the Call for Papers and Guidelines.



Tweets for Thought 

Social media, management and capacity building were hot topics on our twitter feed this month! Here are a few of our favorites that focus on how to build the capacity of your organization as well as building your capacity to excel at your work.
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