Community Foundation Launches New Leadership Development Initiative

July 9, 2014 – The Central New York Community Foundation announced today the launch of a new professional development program for the benefit of local nonprofit executive leaders. The Marsellus Executive Development Program offers executive directors the opportunity to brush up on their leadership and work performance skills.

This new six-month initiative was designed by the Community Foundation, along with third-party consultant The Leading Element, to help nonprofit executives who are ready to achieve maximum impact in their organizations. The program focuses on four main strategies to assist the leaders in feeling more energized: a 360-degree assessment of each individual’s strengths and opportunities, individual coaching sessions, consultant-led peer learning sessions and group-led peer meetings.

“This is an opportunity for nonprofit leaders to elevate their thinking and connect with a strong group of peers,” said Peter Dunn, Community Foundation President and CEO. “This work will benefit their organizations, the constituents they serve and most importantly each of them personally.”

Executive Directors of organizations within Onondaga and Madison counties may apply. A time investment of approximately 8-10 hours per month is required to participate. Sessions will run from September through March. Up to eight individuals will be selected this year.

Interested individuals may visit to read more details about the program and download an application. Applications must be submitted electronically by Friday, August 29, 2014.

About the Central New York Community Foundation

The Marsellus Executive Development Program is one of various initiatives spearheaded by the Community Foundation that focuses on preparing nonprofit leaders for the future.

  • The Staff Advancement Initiative awards grants for the professional development of front-line workers in nonprofit agencies by covering the costs of courses and training seminars that fall outside of their organization’s training budgets.
  • The John F. Marsellus Sabbatical program allows passionate nonprofit leaders to set aside time for reflection, learning and renewal.
  • The Leadership Classroom provides an interactive opportunity for individuals to learn advanced skills in neighborhood leadership.
  • Monthly Nonprofit Essentials Workshops (NEWS) offer a variety of sessions that help nonprofit workers capitalize on grantmaking, fund development, board governance, leadership and marketing techniques.

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region. The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $172 million. It awarded $9.5 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested nearly $130 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 650 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.


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