Partnership Offers Leadership Training for Future Nonprofit Board Members

Contact: Heidi Holtz, 315-474-2489,


(Syracuse, NY) 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 is offering a new initiative called Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders which focuses on leadership development through board service.  The purpose of this initiative is to increase inclusiveness and diversity on non-profit boards; increase the pool of effective board members; enhance the pool of new leaders in the community; educate and inspire those who participate and provide quality training to individuals in the community.

The training starts September 23, 2014 and consists of eight consecutive 2 hour sessions on Tuesdays from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The cost is $50 per person which includes dinner and materials (scholarships are available).  At graduation participants will receive a Board Certification certificate for participating and completing the course.  Further information and registration materials may be acquired through contacting Sheena Solomon at 474-2489 ext. 16 or

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The workshops will provide an overview of how board members add value, how to make the connection between your passion and area nonprofits, what does it mean to be a nonprofit and more.  The expected participants include:

  • 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.

“The Gifford Foundation has long examined the fact that diversity has many different meanings for many different nonprofits,” notes executive director Dirk Sonneborn. “We convened a group of local foundations and associations to discuss how to grow a more aware, diverse pool of potential board members. The Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders initiative has been developed out of these conversations and represents a true collaboration.”

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