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OCTOBER 2012
LETTER FROM DON CROCKER

Where Are We Now? 
Embracing the Power and  Practical Benefits of an Organizational Assessment

 

"The future ain't what it used to be!"

- Yogi Berra

 

In the nonprofit world, we are often so busy doing our important work that we never stop to see where we are and how we are doing.  We may have been able to get away with this when the economy was booming, but things are different today and taking an objective look at where you are in the life cycle has real, practical benefits to the health and sustainability of your organization.  Assessing the current environment you are working within, and understanding what's working, what's not, and what needs re-working is a key component to securing your organization's future.

 

A well-conducted Organizational Assessment (OA) can become your tool for powering ahead to an impact-full and energized "next stage" in the organization's life.  For the healthy organization it can function as a tune-up, building on prior progress and identifying additional areas for meeting future challenges. It is often a first step in a strategy planning process or in the planning for an executive transition. And for nonprofits in the midst of challenges or crises, it can set the stage to turning the organization around.  Most importantly, it can help the organization's leaders and other stakeholders to get behind the organization to support successful adaptation to an ever-changing environment.  Some important keys to the effectiveness of an OA include. Read More... 


CASE STUDY
REACH Prep: How an Organizational Assessment Helped One Organization

REACH Prep, was founded in 1994 to prepare and motivate youth Black and Latino students from low- and moderate- income families for success in their secondary school and college careers. 

 

REACH Prep had accomplished much in the cause of its mission. But two years ago, in the face of external and internal changes-scholarships affected by economic recession, more stringent expectations among funders, and staff and board turnovers-the organization needed to assess its strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan for the future. Accordingly, the Lone Pine Foundation underwrote the cost of an organizational assessment, leading to a formula for moving forward. Under the leadership of Gilles Mesrobian, Senior Associate at the Support Center, guidance was provided in the areas of institutional vision, clarification of goals, and clarity of board and staff functions.

"The assessment showed me what had to be done, in a way that I might not have otherwise seen," said Jill Olsen, board president. "The board processes are more streamlined now. We are optimistic at a very specific level." Read More...

CLIENT NEWS
Partnership for a Healthier NY 
Launches New Website

 

The Partnership for a Healthier New York City just premiered its web site in support of its efforts to significantly reduce chronic disease in New York City-for everyone-by supporting proven community-level efforts to change the environments in which people make decisions that impact their health.  The Partnership's website highlights the four focus areas of work: healthy eating, active living, tobacco-free living, and the reduction of underage and excessive alcohol consumption.

 

As a newly-formed organization, the Partnership turned to the Support Center to assist in helping to establish a strong organizational foundation for achieving ambitious objectives.  Over the course of a multi-year period the Support Center is providing a comprehensive suite of organizational development services including governance, structure, strategic communications, fundraising strategies, strategic planning, and program and organizational evaluation and assessment. 

ANNOUNCEMENT 
Altman Foundation Awards 
Support Center $50,000

The Support Center is delighted to announce that the Altman Foundation has renewed their support with a grant of $50,000.  
 
The Alltman Foundation's grant supports programs critical to the nonprofit sector--Change Consulting, Executive Search and Transition Management, and our numerous Professional Development and Peer Learning programs.  "The Altman Foundation and its key leaders were pioneers in helping the Support Center in its creation of our Executive Search and Transition Management program and they remain strong ambassadors in promoting thoughtful, well-planned executive transitions.  This most recent renewal of support demonstrates their unyielding commitment to the important nonprofit organizations that work in areas of education, health, arts and culture, and strengthening communities, and we are delighted to have a continued partnership with the folks at Altman," said Don Crocker, Support Center's CEO.

RFP
desigNYC's 2012 Call for Nonprofit Projects and Pro Bono Designers

desigNYC's 2012 Call for Nonprofit Projects and Pro Bono Designers is still open. Launched in 2009, desigNYC is recruiting for its 4th round of project collaborations connecting extraordinary nonprofit organizations with talented design professionals who are leaders in the fields of architectural, landscape, interior, experience and communications design. The deadline for submission is THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2012. Read More...

TWEETS FOR THOUGHT
October Tweets

We have been doing a lot of reading this month, and here are a few articles that stood out to us. Please let us know what you found interesting on our blog.

Success Factors in Nonprofit Mergers 

A new multi-year study focuses on the factors that lead to successful nonprofit mergers. It also analyses what happens after a merger is implemented. 

 

Are Most Leaders Replaceable?

According to Harvard Business School's Gautam Mukunda's new book, all leaders are replaceable. What do you think?

 

New LinkedIn Services for Nonprofits.

This new free service, called Board Connect, helps nonprofits recruit board members.

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In This Issue
- Letter from Don Crocker
- Case Study: REACH Prep
- Client News: PHNYC
- Altman Foundation Grant
- RFP: desigNYC
- Tweets for Thought
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