Community Foundation Accepting Applications for Executive Development Program

July 17, 2015- The Central New York Community Foundation invites executive directors of nonprofit organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties to apply for the 2015 Marsellus Executive Development Program.

The Marsellus Executive Development Program offers executive directors the opportunity to brush up on their leadership and work performance skills. This 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 for growth, individual coaching sessions (1.5 hours per month), consultant-led peer learning sessions (3 hours per month) and group-led peer meetings (3 hours per month).

“I was able to spend time and develop relationships with a group of leaders that I learned to trust, and who provided support in ways that can only come from peers,” said Michael Collins, Executive Director of Syracuse Northeast Community Center. “This was an amazing opportunity to strengthen existing skills and build new ones.”

A time investment of approximately 8-10 hours per month is required to participate. Sessions will run from September through March.

Interested individuals may visit to read more details about the program, view testimonials from past participants, and download an application. Applications must be submitted electronically by Friday, August 28, 2015.


About the Central New York Community Foundation

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 nearly $190 million. It awarded $9.9 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested more than $135 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 700 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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