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Learning: The Key to Individual and Organizational Success 

Janice L. Shapiro


September is a perfect time for a fresh start and the Support Center is the perfect place to begin one.  Each year at this time, I remember buying a brand new notebook for school and thumbing through it in anticipation of all the notes and ideas that would fill those blank pages.  Those days are not gone!  You can feel the same excitement by registering  for one of our Certificate Programs.


Great leaders at all levels are those with a commitment to life-long learning in its many forms.  Research has shown that adults learn best when they can apply what they learn to real life situations.   By now, many of us know that years at college and the accumulation of degrees have not always prepared us for the challenges we face every day in our nonprofit workplaces.   Enrolling in a Support Center Certificate Program is one cost and time-effective method to continue learning and improve your ability to meet the demands of your job and the needs of your nonprofit.


This month we are proud to launch the Support Center's enhanced Certificate Programs in Leadership and Supervision, Fundraising, and Executive Leadership.Today's nonprofit climate requires much more targeted expertise to respond to constant change.  And our Certificate Programs are now more flexible to allow you to create a curriculum to suit your interests and at the same time, add a significant credential to your resume.  Because fees are based on a sliding scale, they are also affordable to most nonprofits and individuals. Read more... 

5 Tips for Supervisors from Janet Watesrton

Janet Waterston We sat down with expert trainer, Janet Waterston, the facilitator behind many of our  Leadership and Supervision Certificate Program workshops, to learn about what makes a great supervisor. She gave us some practical tips and resources that you can start using today to improve your relationships and effectiveness in the workplace!


1. Read Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time. Sometimes, we   don't say the things that need to be said. This book, by Susan Scott, "really pushes us to recognize that we can be honest and direct without hurting our relationships with others" says Janet. The book  provides specific suggestions for  leaders to help them build relationships through direct, if tough, conversations.  


2. Know Your Priorities. Janet highly recommends Franklin Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. She likes this resource for its value-based approach to relationships and because it teaches people to "schedule their priorities, and not prioritize their schedule". Supervisors and leaders should take the time to identify what is most important so they focus on an effective work environment.  

Read more...  

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                                                 
Insight Into Our Fundraising Certificate Program with Aimee Covo

In a recent interview, one of our Fundraising Certificate Program participants, Aimee Covo of the Council for Living Music, told us how it has helped her professionally.


1. Why did you decide to take our Fundraising Certificate


    After much research, I chose to attend the Fundraising Certificate

    program because it offers a diverse and well rounded series of

    studies/workshops in the field of Fundraising, including exposure

    to active professionals in the field with tremendous insight and

    expertise, and provides a certification upon completion.


2. Can you tell us some insights or lessons you have learned

    from the program so far? 

    The lessons I have learned include specific tools and tips for

    success that are both comprehensive and applicable in terms of

    proposal writing, program presentation & development, managing

    funds, and developing relationships with grant givers. Read more...    


September RFPs


New York City AIDS Fund

The New York City AIDS Fund is focusing funding this year on New York City organizations that work in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention, direct services and advocacy. The deadline for proposals is October 10th, 2012. To view the guidelines and learn how to apply, please click here.


The Shubert Foundation, Inc.

The principal goal of The Shubert Foundation is to support nonprofit, professional theatre and dance companies in the United States. The foundation awards unrestricted grants for general operating support. The deadline for Dance, Arts Related and Education applications is October 15th, 2012, while Theater submissions are due December 3rd, 2012. For more guidelines and to apply, please visit the foundation's website here.

September Tweets

Should Staff Contact with the Board Be Restricted? 

This article from Blue Avocado explores the issue of staff and board contact, and offers practical guidelines that can help keep executive directors, board members and staff content.


The Nonprofit Times Power & Influence Top 50 2012

Read about some of this year's most inspiring and innovative leaders this year, the 15th Anniversary of the Nonprofit Times Power & Influence Top 50.


What Can Nonprofits Learn From Food Trucks?

Think nonprofits and food trucks have nothing in common? Check out a clip from a panel discussion idea for SXSW 2013 on what nonprofits can learn about grassroots marketing, collaboration and scaling from food trucks.

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In This Issue
- Letter from Janice Shapiro
-5 Tips for Supervisors
-Interview with Aimee Covo
-Tweets for Thought
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