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UGC Hosts Non-Profit Leadership Institute

March 05, 2013

Community Foundation, Union Graduate College Team Up to Present

Non-Profit Leadership Development Institute


The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and Union Graduate College have joined efforts to present the Non-Profit Leadership Development Institute, a program in which non-profit leaders meet monthly to explore common issues, share ideas and develop organizational partnerships.


�When you join a non-profit staff or board, there�s a great deal of passion,� said Laura Schweitzer, President, Union Graduate College. �The Leadership Development Institute helps build the management skills to accompany that passion.�


The creation of the Non-Profit Leadership Development Institute emerged during the development of Union Graduate College�s Robb Center for Principled Leadership.


�We interviewed local philanthropists and leaders and asked them what kind of programming they thought was needed,� said Schweitzer. �We heard clearly that there was a need for developing the management capacity of nonprofit leaders.�


Each year, the Non-Profit Leadership Development Institute brings together 20-30 leaders from a single industry. The 2013 Leadership Development Institute class comprises leaders from arts organizations including:

         Empire State Youth Orchestra

         The Linda�WAMC�s Performing Arts Studio


         Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci)

         Capital Repertory Theatre

         Troy Savings Bank Music Hall


�This has been a true partnership with the Community Foundation,� continued Schweitzer. �Because of their relationships with nonprofits, the Community Foundation has been able to recommend participants, and help identify projects and goals.�


�Supporting this program was a natural fit for the Community Foundation,� said Karen Bilowith, President and CEO, the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. �In addition to ensuring the needs of our community are met and serving as a philanthropic partner to our region�s donors, we are committed to strengthening our area�s non-profit organizations. Union Graduate College and the Non-Profit Leadership Development Institute are building a stronger, better community by helping our non-profit leaders work together.�


�Over the course of the program, participants identify their mission, services and audiences, and explore the entire process of staffing, promoting, producing and evaluating arts events,� said Mel Chudzik, Dean Emeritus, Union Graduate College. �The feedback we�ve received is that this process helps them understand their sister organizations and break down barriers to communication and collaboration. In many cases, they hadn�t understood the ways in which they could work together, and this program helps them with that process.�



�Pulling professionals together in this way is very beneficial,� said 2013 participant Sara Torrey, Development and Marketing Specialist for the Empire State Youth Orchestra. �Larger organizations can help smaller organizations, smaller organizations can bring a new mindset to larger ones. The fact that it�s all done in the spirit of collaboration means that we�re able to get to know our compatriots in the industry and share concerns and successes. Because of this program, I�m having conversations now that I wouldn�t have had a year ago.�


�The participants in this program are very hardworking, very busy and often under-resourced people,� said Schweitzer. �They see the ability to take time each month to meet and learn as a gift. When they leave sessions, they thank us. We�re very grateful to the Community Foundation and our other partners for the ability to offer this program. We�re doing good work, and our partnership with the Community Foundation has made that possible.�


Photo above: Members of the 2013 Non-Profit Leadership Development Institute at Union Graduate College.



For more information about the program, contact the Office of the President, Union Graduate College at: 518-631-9840 or president@mail.uniongraduatecollege.edu


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