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Opportunity for New York Nonprofit Employees in Eligible
Counties to Participate in a Professional Development Program

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Central New York Community Foundation (CNYCF)

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Opportunity for New York individuals in eligible counties who are currently employed by a nonprofit organization to participate in a personal and professional development program. Priority will be given to applicants from small or mid-sized organizations that often have limited professional development resources. Eligible applicants are employees of nonprofits located within Onondaga or Madison counties.

Intended Program Outcomes:

  • Identification of strengths and areas of opportunity for growth with tools for professional skill development and effective self-reflection
  • Growth in communication skills (Conflict Resolution, Effective Feedback and Listening, Collaboration, Managing Relationships, and Presentation Skills)
  • A defined Individualized Development Plan (IDP) and demonstrated growth toward their individual goals
  • A defined peer network
  • Exposure to current leaders in the community

Each participant will work with the two program coaches to develop a comprehensive IDP. All learning sessions will be experiential and participatory. Participants will deepen their skills and competencies through presentations, experiential learning sessions and assignments. Panel discussions made up of key leaders in the community from the for-profit and nonprofit sectors will expose participants to different perspectives of leadership and community needs. This is also an opportunity to introduce the next generation of leaders to current community leaders.

Program Structure and Commitment:

  • Each cohort is comprised of 10-12 participants
  • The curriculum consists of five half-day large group learning sessions with speaker panels on specific topics, skill building activities and assignments. Dates will be selected once participant cohort is finalized.
  • The curriculum also includes five individual coaching meetings:
  • At least one networking/social event with peer group(s) from similar programs.
  • Each participant should be willing to dedicate another four to eight hours of additional time each month to work on IDP and prepare for learning sessions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165811

Number of Grants:

There will be 10-12 participants total.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Current employees of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations serving residents of Onondaga or Madison counties
- Employee must have three years of experience in the nonprofit sector
- Program management and/or supervisory responsibility required
- Priority will be given to applicants from small- or mid-sized organizations that often have limited professional development resources.

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Deadline: July 23, 2021

To apply, complete the online form and submit with a letter of recommendation from your Executive Director, which includes the agency’s commitment to provide time away to fully participate in the program, along with one other letter of recommendation.

Only one applicant per organization will be accepted.

Applicants should demonstrate a passion, commitment, and level of competency that identifies them as one of the next generation’s nonprofit leaders.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


Questions regarding the application and program may be directed to
Danielle Johnson, Director, Grants & Programs

Central New York Community Foundation
431 East Fayette Street, Suite 100
Syracuse, NY 13202

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USA: New York: Onondaga and Madison Counties

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