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What Can We Learn NOT TO DO From Cirque du Soleil?


Julia Lu

I would venture a wager that most of you reading this have heard of Canada's cultural icon, Cirque du Soleil, the company that introduced a new concept of a circus over a quarter century ago.  Probably many of you have attended one of their performances.  I had been a loyal patron for many years and eagerly awaited Cirque setting up its big top each year.  My feelings towards the company started to shift a few years ago when they moved indoors to venues such as Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall.  At first I was excited by the prospect of more performances, but I found myself disappointed after attending them. 



I was saddened to see a spate of recent international news coverage chronicling the travails of this once programmatically and financially successful organization.  The profit-making company revealed that it is no longer profitable, despite grossing over $1 billion last year and selling 14 million tickets.  The company is undertaking a drastic cost savings plan that includes laying off 9% of the staff; the Quebec government is no longer providing financial support; and some of Cirque's long-time partners have withdrawn their support.  With the move to new venues and markets, Cirque lost sight of its mission, organizational vision and artistic motivations.  Read More... 

Welcome to our
new Associate Director -- Heather Robinson!  


Heather Robinson Photo

 We are proud to welcome Heather Robinson as Associate Director. Based in our new Newark, NJ office, Heather will focus primarily on grantmaker relationships and strengthening the Support Center's development capacity.   


Heather is a recognized leader in both the philanthropic and nonprofit arenas in the Northeast region of the United States.  She served as Partnership In Philanthropy's Executive Director/CEO for two years and played a key role in fostering the merger of Partnership In Philanthropy with the Support Center.  Prior to her CEO role, she served as Partnership In Philanthropy's Marketing & Development Director for three years.  Earlier in her career, Heather served as the Executive Vice President of the Drucker Foundation in New York. Before moving to New York City, Heather was the Director of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, Boston, which funds legal services to the poor. Read More...

Brooklyn AIDS Task Force Seeks CEO


BATF LOGOBrooklyn AIDS Task Force (soon to be known as Bridging Access to Care) is seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead BATF in its transition to a full-service organization providing health and related services to high-risk urban populations. The CEO will oversee operations at four sites, a budget of $8 million, and over 75 professionals providing a broad spectrum of services including licensed mental health and substance abuse clinics, Health Home Care coordination, health education, chronic disease management, case management, and housing. The CEO will directly supervise BATF's growth in emerging service models while holding true to its historic mission to serve the hardest-to-reach groups in New York. 


Click here for the full position description and additional information. 


BATF retained the Support Center to provide Executive Search and Transition Management services.

Impact 100 Garden State 2013 Grant

impact 100 garden state

Impact 100 Garden State,

a new philanthropic organization 
in the state, is seeking grant proposals from non-profit groups that have programs or projects in Morris, Passaic, Somerset and/


or Sussex counties. Grants are welcome in any of five 

focus areas: arts and culture, education, environment, family, health and wellness.

Impact 100 operates on a simple 

concept that has been very successful in many other areas of the country.  Gather 100 women to join together to make one transformational grant.  The number of members will determine the size of the grant. 


Membership in Impact 100 Garden State is open until March 31. At that time they will announce the exact amount of the 2013 grant. Letters of Intent are due between April 15 and May 15, and full applications are due by June 15. Final selection will be announced in October. Read more at  



Taproot Foundation Service Grants


Taproot Foundation makes teams of pro bono consultants available to qualified organizations that improve society and the New York City community-at-large. Unlike traditional foundations, Taproot Service Grants provide the expertise of business professionals in the areas of Marketing, Information Technology, Human Resource, and Strategy Management. Our projects provide high potential nonprofits with the tools and services you need to strengthen your organization and serve your communities. 


Deadline to apply is March 1, 2013For more information please go to 

Highlights of the Support Center's Nonprofit Management Workshops in 2012:
  • 97 workshops in 5 categories - Board & Governance, Fundraising, Marketing & Communications, Organization Development and Professional Development
  • 2,922 people from 2,062 organizations attended 
  • 41 facilitators contributed their expertise
  • 185.5 Gallons of coffee consumed!
View our current workshop line-up on the right. More NEW workshops coming soon! 
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In This Issue
- Letter from Julia Lu
- Our new program associate
- Brooklyn AIDS Task Force Seeks CEO
- RFPs
- Fun Facts
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January 24, 2012

9:30am - 12:30pm  


New York, NY 



Interim Executive Leaders, What's It All About?


Monday, April 15 
5:00 - 7:00pm


This facilitated conversation will provide an introductory overview on what it means and what it takes to be an Interim Executive Director.  


New York, NY

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