New Program Offers Coaching to Emerging Nonprofit Leaders

August 30, 2017 – The Central New York Community Foundation is offering mid-level staff of nonprofit organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills in preparation for future responsibilities as they move up in their organizations.

The newly launched LeadUP CNY, the Marsellus Next Generation Leadership Program will be offered bi-yearly and is designed to support and develop the personal and professional leadership competencies of individuals in the nonprofit community who hold the skills and passion to take on executive leadership positions within their organizations. The program offers participants individual coaching sessions, connections to training, a peer learning community through group meetings, assistance with establishing mentoring relationships, and networking. Participants will benefit from professional development and from strengthening a network with their peers.

The new program is part of the Community Foundation’s overall efforts to increase the capacity of local nonprofits to effectively and efficiently accomplish their missions. It will accompany the Community Foundation’s related initiatives including the Marsellus Executive Development Program, which provides nonprofit executives and CEO’s the opportunity to identify and build on their strengths.

“One of the greatest resources in our community is the transformational work of our region’s nonprofit organizations,” said Danielle Hurley, director of community grantmaking at the Community Foundation. “In order to ensure that nonprofit leadership remains strong as transitions occur, we are working to equip the dedicated, talented, and passionate individuals in their workforce with the skills and connections they need to become effective nonprofit executives.”

The Community Foundation is inviting applications from individuals who have demonstrated a passion, commitment and level of competency that identifies them as a future nonprofit leader within Onondaga or Madison counties. Applicants must be sponsored by their current executive director. The application guidelines can be downloaded from the Community Foundation’s website at or may be obtained by calling the Community Foundation at (315) 422-9538. Applications will be accepted until September 15, 2017.

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 more than $226 million. It awarded $14 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, it has invested nearly $170 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 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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