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Securing the Social Safety Net: Can We Create A Better Flashlight? 


Economic volatility continues its strangle-hold on our daily news  

- locally, nationally, and globally. The news is not good - shrinking financial resources; increasing human needs - urging us to consider a different future. Futurist, Thomas Frey, has said, "Much like walking through a dark forest with a flashlight, the future only comes into focus a short distance in front of us. So how do we create a brighter flashlight?" Read more...

JOIN Our 2012 Executive Director Leadership Group Now


If you are an Executive Director with big goals, join the second cohort of our Trajectory Leadership Group.  The Trajectory Leadership Group (TLG) is a small group of CEOs and Executive Directors of small to mid-sized organizations who meet monthly to support, advise, and inspire each other to find creative solutions to management, operations, and sustainability challenges.  Trajectory Leaders are individuals in various stages of their professional lives.  Their common bond is that they aspire to reach higher plateaus within their careers, have had ideas that could transform their professional workspaces, and have additional ideas for their fields that would be invigorated by the networking and feedback from peers.  Participants in the first year focused on achieving big goals such as significantly changing a board, taking the helm at an organization after being led by the founder, starting out as a new executive director, refreshing mission and focus, managing rapid growth and managing change. 


The 2012 TLG cohort will launch in September.  Monthly meetings will include peer coaching sessions around individual challenges, issues-based discussions, case studies, presentations from the field, and site visits.  Individual coaching sessions are also available to participants as well as discounts for staff members on Support Center workshops.  For more information, click here.  


Former participants praise the unique group atmosphere: 
"It was great having continual interaction in an open environment 
with other executive directors."  
 "I learned a lot about myself that I could not have done without
the group."

Helen Keller Seeks Chief Development Officer


Helen Keller National Center/Helen Keller Services for the Blind is seeking a Chief Development Officer. Click here for the full position description.


HKNC/HKSB retained the Support Center to assist in creating and recruiting for this new position, while also providing related support to the board to ensure a thoughtful search and successful tenure.  This executive search builds upon the Support Center's prior consulting activities to advance HKNC/HKSB's creation of a more vibrant and robust development initiative that is well integrated and aligned within the organization.


Calling All Development and Executive Directors in NY: Participate in New Study on the Development Director's Role


Community Resource Exchange (CRE) is partnering with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and the Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund on an exciting new national study exploring the development director role in nonprofit organizations.
We encourage your participation in this research by completing the online survey if you are an Executive Director/CEO in a nonprofit that has a senior level fund development position on staff or a Senior Level Development staff person.
New York Executive Directors and Senior Level Development Staff who complete the survey will be eligible to win one of two $150 American Express giftcards. To enter the drawing, complete the survey and then email your name, organization, email address, and phone number to


Heckscher Foundation  


The Heckscher Foundation provides grants to youth-serving organizations in the fields of education, family services, child welfare, health, arts and recreation. The foundation is currently seeking proposals for its Board Development Grant Program, which seeks models for sustainable, high-impact fellows programs to address the need for younger (next generation) board members for organizations serving New York's youth. The funded projects(s) will plan and implement a Heckscher Fellows program to identify, train, place qualified and engaged younger New Yorkers and evaluate the impact of new, younger board members on the performance of non-profits. Proposals are due June 29th, 2012. For more information about this grant and to apply, please click here.

What We're Reading

We learned something new from each of these articles, and think you will too. Please share your thoughts on our blog.

Jack Shakely, the president emeritus of the California Community Foundation, says that the percentage of an organization's budget dedicated to administrative costs should not determine the effectiveness of the organization. 


10 Ways To Launch Board Recruitment

This piece, which is part of the Laramie Board Project's '10 Ways' series provides very useful ideas on successful board recruitment.    


Which Social Network Should You Use - And When?

Great infographic from Zinto about the users of social media. A quick tool to use to gauge the right social media platform for your constituents and donors!  


Back From Vacation - Why Your Clear Mind is an Asset! 

David Rock's article on why having a fresh mind makes us more likely to tackle tough problems should encourage you to take a vacation this summer!  

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In This Issue
- Letter from Don Crocker
-Trajectory Leadership Group
-Helen Keller Seeks Chief Development Officer
-Development Director Study
-Tweets for Thought
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