May 2011 E-news 
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CEO Message
Client Update: SUS
Rockland Independent Living Center
Staff News
Grant Opportunity: PSEG
Grant Opportunity: Drucker Award
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Are we Okay with Discussing the "M" Word? 


There was a time in the nonprofit world when bringing up the "M" word (merger) was avoided like the plague.  Our volatile economy and drastic government budget cuts have opened the door to greater discussion and exploration.  While such exploration may not be for everyone, there appears to be evidence that there are a host of benefits to such exploration.

Don Crocker


The Forbes Funds, in an article from their Tropman Reports publication, notes that "the exploration process is time consuming but viewed as worthwhile, even if organizations don't merge."  Some of the benefits highlighted include:


  • Organizations that don't merge often instead structure program alliances with their merger exploration partner
  • The process helped clarify and reinforce organizational missions

In our own experience at the Support Center, organizations that take this journey of exploration are able to clarify their unique value within their community, have an enhanced understanding of their capacities, and - in some cases - discover cost savings and program innovation opportunities.  A good time to explore a merger is during an Executive Transition (learn more here).


Merger exploration can often result in other forms of restructuring that may be helpful to your organization such as joint programming, strategic alliance, collaborative proposal writing, consolidation of services or administrative functions, and cross-referral agreements.

Can exploring a merger opportunity benefit you? Let me know. Comment on our blog at 


Don Crocker

Don Crocker,

Executive Director/CEO

SUS Launches Green Initiative

Services for the Underserved (known by many as SUS), has launched a multi-divisional Green Initiatives program designed to achieve three key objectives: (1) attain economic sustainability through revenue generation and/or cost reductions; (2) provide employment opportunities foSUS Green Initiatives Programr SUS consumers; and (3) demonstrate environmental responsibility.  Founded in 1978, SUS helps the most vulnerable of our neighbors - individuals and families faced with a wide range of challenges, including mental illness, developmental disability, physical disability, AIDS, homelessness, unemployment and poverty.  

The Support Center has a long-term relationship working with SUS, assisting leadership with strategic planning, governance effectiveness, strengthening supervisory skills  and envisioning new endeavors. 


Rockland Independent Living Center Selects New Executive Director

The Support Center's Executive Search and Transition Management division congratulates the Rockland Independent Living Center (RILC) on the selection of its new ExecutiveGeorge Hoehmann Director, George A. Hoehmann.  Hoehmann comes to RILC with a wealth of experience including his most recent position as the Chief Operating Officer of Camp Venture Inc., where he oversaw a streamlining of agency operations and the development of multiple new programs.  Prior to Camp Venture, Hoehmann served as the Director of MR/DD Services at Abbott House where he led agency efforts in more than tripling the size and scope of programs and services for persons with developmental disabilities. Hoehmann will be succeeding Ettie Shapiro who has served as the interim Executive Director since May of 2010.


Working with the Support Center in its search to find the new executive director, the RILC board reached out to the community and delegated part of the search process to a committee that was recruited from partner organizations who play a critical role in the network of services for the disabled in Rockland County. This unique collaboration engaged RILC stakeholders in its future and resulted in a very strong applicant pool. These activities were part of a larger Executive Search and Transition Management effort designed to reap the most positive benefits at this time of organizational change.


Calvin B. Thomas, Jr. Honored at Isles 30th Anniversary Gala in Trenton 


Calvin Thomas, a Senior Associate with the Support Center, received one of five honors given by Isles, Inc. at its 30th Anniversary "Empowerment Takes Root" Gala on Saturday, April 30.  Isles is a Trenton-based community development and environmental organization that has played a major role in community revitalization, education, providing training for

Calvin Thomas at Trenton Gala

Marty Johnson, CEO of Isles, Calvin Thomas and Elizabeth Johnson, COO

environmentally sound jobs, and lobbying to change public policy that may spread poverty and urban blight.  


The honorees were recognized for their contributions and achievements that helped Isles to advance its mission.  "Isles is proud to honor Calvin Thomas for his extensive community building efforts and generosity of spirit," said CEO Marty Johnson. "His approach to leadership development is to provide skills and knowledge - and then get out of the way so that others can realize their full potential."  

PSEG Environmental Education Grants 


PSEG logoPSEG, in conjunction with the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education, will be awarding Environmental Education Grants of up  

to $3,500 per project to inspire teachers to implement an interdisciplinary approach to teaching about the environment and to foster new ideas.  The goal is to provide financial resources to teachers who strive to link their students' understanding of science, mathematics, and/or technology concepts with an enthusiasm and appreciation for the environment. Last day to apply: June 24, 2011. 

Applications Being Accepted for Drucker Nonprofit Innovation Award 

Drucker Award 2011


The Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation is given each fall to three U.S.-based nonprofit organizations in recognition of existing programs that have made a difference in the lives of the people they serve. The award is accompanied by a first-place prize of $100,000 and two runners-up prizes of $7,500 and $5,000. The submission deadline is July 1, 2011.