Community Foundation Invites Local Nonprofits to Learn About Partnerships & Collaborations

February 22, 2013 (Syracuse, NY) – The Central New York Community Foundation will be hosting a Nonprofit Strategic Partnerships and Collaborations Symposium from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Genesee Grand Hotel, 1060 East Genesee Street, Syracuse on April 26. This special one-day event will be presented by Jo DeBolt of LaPiana Consulting, David J. Watson of New York Council of Nonprofits, and other local nonprofit leaders.

The Community Foundation invited these national consultants to Syracuse, to help nonprofit leaders and board members explore and discuss well-planned strategic partnerships. With a well matched partnership, nonprofits can enhance their missions, build credibility, strengthen their brands, engage more individuals, create efficiencies, and making a bigger difference in the community. To register and see more details, visit or call 315-422-9538.

This event would not be made possible without the support of the sponsors: The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Richard S. Shineman Foundation, the Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, the Gifford Foundation, the Allyn Foundation and the Central New York Community Foundation.

About the Speakers

Jo DeBolt brings nearly 30 years of experience as a nonprofit executive and consultant. As a consultant and nonprofit leader, much of Jo’s work involves starting and growing organizations including designing and developing systems, building boards and staff, implementing new programs, translating vision into action, and ensuring that mechanisms were in place to measure the impact of these new ventures.

David J. Watson has been employed by the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. since 1991. The proactive services provided by the Legal Accountability and Compliance Service division requires a sophisticated knowledge of and sensitivity to nonprofit issues as well as an ability to present complicated legal information to nonprofit managers and Boards of Directors.

About the Community Foundation

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of a permanent charitable endowment for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $130 million. It awards close to $6.7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually and has invested more than $100 million in the community since its inception. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and corporations through the administration of nearly 600 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen nonprofits that address the region’s most pressing challenges. For more information, visit

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