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Leadership NJ Seeks ED
RPF: Build-A-Bear
Tweets for Thought
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Striving For Excellence


The Support Center would like to congratulate Harlem Academy, City Harvest and Sanctuary for Families for being recognized as the sector's best managed nonprofits at the New York Times Company 2011 Nonprofit Excellence Awards! Held last month, the event brought together hundreds of leaders in the New York                

Don Crocker

nonprofit community to honor best management practices in the sector.


This year, as I have for the past few years, I had the honor and pleasure of serving on the selection committee.  I continue to be impressed by the high level of management practice among the entrants, and the corresponding outstanding program work that is accomplished.  


But what constitutes excellence in nonprofit management?


Seven Areas of Nonprofit Excellence were developed in conjunction with the Awards to encourage leaders and funders to continue to strive for excellence through best practices. While these areas may be modified over time, they serve as lens through which you can view your organization strengths and weaknesses:

  • Overall management focus on results
  • Governance structure that moves the organization forward
  • Strong, transparent and accountable financial management
  • Inclusive, diverse and responsive organizational practices
  • Enlightened use of human resources and technology
  • Regular and effective communications
  • Effective, ethical fundraising and resource development

Compare your organization's best practices to this year's winners and stay tuned for information about applications for next year's awards!



Don Crocker

Don Crocker,

Executive Director/CEO


Leadership New Jersey Seeks New Executive Director

Leadership New JerseyWe are assisting Leadership New Jersey (LNJ) with its search for a new Executive Director. View this exciting leadership position description by visiting LNJ's website or by clicking here.  LNJ's mission is to educate, empower and engage talented leaders to create systemic change around New Jersey's most challenging issues.


The LNJ search is part of comprehensive Executive Search and Transition Management (ESTM) services provided to LNJ. To date, we have placed an interim executive director to assist with ongoing work at LNJ and we provided an organizational assessment which informed the experience, skills and traits desired in their next new leader. 

RFP: Build-A-Bear Grants for Pawsome Causes

Build A Bear

Build-A-Bear offers grants to nonprofit organizations that provide direct support for many causes in the areas of children's health and wellness, animals, and literacy and education.


For more information and to apply for these grants, please click here. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through October 2011. 



These grants are funded by the sale of special stuffed animals, and were inspired by the story of a girl named Nikki. 


Tweets for Thought

We have been scouring the internet all month long for great nonprofit resources and sharing them with you through Twitter. Below are links to some of our favorites.   

To find more great resources, follow us on Twitter by clicking here: Follow us on Twitter and feel free to share any of your favorites on our blog!

Staff Update: Sherry Seward


Sherry Seward


The Support Center is excited to welcome Sherry Seward as Senior Associate. As part of the Support Center's team, Sherry will focus on marketing and business development strengthening our services and outreach to the nonprofit community.


Sherry founded her consulting company, Palladium Resources Inc., in 1996 to guide nonprofits in their earned income ventures, and assist with their fundraising, marketing, and memberships programs.  Through a long term relationship with the Foundation Center, as Vice President for Marketing and Product Development and later as a consultant, Sherry helped develop and build the market for their income-generating products and services, as well as training thousands of nonprofit professionals in how to  

                                       from foundations. 


Among other clients, Sherry's work has included earned income and business plan development for the Aspen Institute's Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program, Princeton University's Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, the Yale School of Management−Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures, and Resources for Children with Special Needs. Sherry currently serves on the board of the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester.