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APRIL 2012


Change - Do We Have A Choice?

Five Key Elements for Managing Change Through A "Transitions Management" Approach 


Change.... The one constant in our life is change but, despite the relentless charge of change, we never seem to embrace it, do we?


A few years ago, the State Department of Transportation started a comprehensive renovation project on one of the main routes I take to work each day. The rationale was that the road needed to be widened to reduce congestion and improve safety. The road was to be closed for 13 months. Worst of all, this meant I needed to find another Dunkin' Donuts at which to secure my morning coffee. I was not happy. I guess sometimes we just don't have any say in change.


And now, many of us in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector are faced with huge changes. Nonprofits, particularly those funded by government are facing significant budget cuts and "competition" for all dollars is increasing daily. Grantmakers and other donors wonder if their donations are risky investments in organizations that might not be viable in the long-term. For many of us, there can be growing feelings of resentment, anger and/or fear. we have a choice? Read more... 

Ensure Your Next Retreat Makes  

Forward Progress!

Do you eagerly await your next board or staff retreat, or does the idea make you groan? Do you want to jump-start discussions, make your meetings more interactive, or most importantly, increase the likelihood of successful meeting outcomes that can be acted upon after the room empties?  You are certainly not alone. An experienced meeting facilitator can make all the difference - and the benefits can be enormous.Read more...


NYMAC - Fostering Nonprofit Mergers, Acquisitions & Collaborations in New York City


nymacSeaChange Capital Partners has announced the launch of the New York Merger, Acquisition, and Collaboration Fund (NYMAC), a new initiative that encourages and enable mergers, acquisitions, and other types of formal, long-term collaborations between nonprofit organizations working in New York City.  The goal of NYMAC is to provide vital support to a diverse set of nonprofit organizations as they navigate a very challenging operating environment, supporting leaders willing to make difficult mission-driven decisions, and encouraging innovation and best practices in the nonprofit sector. Read more... 


Applications Invited for New York Community Trust - New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards


The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC), the New York Community Trust and Philanthropy New York are delighted to announce the sixth annual Nonprofit Excellence Awards, sponsored by New York Magazine. Applications are open now and will be accepted through Friday, May 18th.  These awards recognize the enormously important roles played by thousands of New York's nonprofit organizations in improving our lives and communities. They are designed to  help nonprofit leaders improve the management of their organizations and inform all New Yorkers about management excellence in nonprofit organizations.


The awards competition is open to any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, or Westchester County. A total of $40,000 will be awarded to three organizations plus special mention in New York Magazine, among other prizes. For more information and an application click here.

April Tweets

Mergers, capacity building and organizational learning are always on our minds here at the Support Center. Here are three tweets we found this month that we'd like to share on these subjects. Please let us know your thoughts on our blog.


The Most Important Word for Nonprofits: Merger

Robert Egger discusses the five levels of mergers.


This guest post on Beth Kanter's blog by Cindy Rizzo came out of conversations at the 2012 Geo National Conference.


How Foundations Support Grantees and more with Doug Bauer, Executive Director, Clark Foundation

An insightful interview by Laura Cronin for the PhilanTopic blog.


PSEG Scholars Program -- Cycle Opens for Engineering Scholarships


PSEGThe PSEG Foundation is granting six scholarships of $24,000 each to high school seniors with a passion for engineering and an interest in pursuing a career in the energy industry.


Applicants should intend to major in chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, mechanical or nuclear engineering. They must have attended high school in New Jersey for at least 3 years and be able to demonstrate an aptitude in math and science in addition to financial need. For an application and more information, please click here.

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In This Issue
- Letter from Don Crocker
-Ensure Your Next Retreat Makes Forward Progress
-Announcing NYMAC
-New York Community Trust - New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards
-Tweets for Thought
-PSEG Scholars Program
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