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We believe that diversity in a not for profit board is vital – and we define diversity as including board members that represent the population the organization serves. Diversity is not based simply on race and ethnicity, but also socio-economic status, age, gender, geography, sexuality, education, physical and cognitive ability, religious beliefs, etc. – in short, diversity of thought and perspective is imperative. Many nonprofits want to diversify their board, but just don’t know how to make connections. There are many valuable and potential leaders who are rarely considered for board service and/or have themselves felt they would not be eligible and are unable to make the connection as well.
In fall of 2014 a partnership of the Gifford Foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation, Leadership Greater Syracuse, the Human Services Leadership Council and City of Syracuse residents developed an initiative called Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders which focuses on leadership development through board service. The goal is to increase inclusiveness and diversity on non-profit boards; increase and enhance the pool of effective board members and new leaders; educate and inspire those who participate and provide quality training to individuals in the community. In 2014 there were 28 graduates of the program, now there are more than 150.
Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders is for…
- Those who have the desire to give back to the community and strive for fair, just and healthy communities.
- Those who are interested in her/his personal leadership development and growth.
- Those who have a desire to join a nonprofit board or are new to board service.
- Those who believe that diversity and inclusiveness is important.
- Those who are interested in expanding their network.
Beginning each Spring, classes run for 9 consecutive weeks on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:00 pm. Each week participants learn collaboratively through workshops led by local community experts and leaders – topics include fiduciary responsibilities, group dynamics, organizational lifecycles, networking, conflict resolution and more. A hot meal and all materials are provided.
Feedback from past NTL participants:
“I learned so much and I am excited to begin deciding where I should dedicate my time to give back to the community.”
“The class was informative and helpful and a great way to meet other professionals.”
“I feel more confident to sit on a board. I was asked to sit on a board years ago and felt that I didn’t have the knowledge/skill set.”
“With each topic, speakers brought a unique perspective from their experience.”
Interested in participating? Each year a new application is released in early February. For more details contact Sheena Solomon.
If you are a not-for-profit organization seeking a connection with one of the NTL graduates, please complete the application by clicking the button below.
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