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Opportunity for New York Nonprofit Employees in Onondaga or Madison
Counties to Participate in a Professional Development Program

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Community Foundation of Central New York

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Opportunity for New York individuals who are currently employed by a nonprofit organization in Onondaga or Madison Counties to participate in a personal and professional development program. The purpose of the program is to develop the leadership abilities of individuals in the nonprofit community. Priority will be given to applicants from small or mid-sized organizations that often have limited professional development resources. The program is open to individuals who have demonstrated a passion, commitment, and level of competency that identifies them as one of the next generation’s nonprofit leaders.

Central New York Community Foundation is sponsoring a program of professional and personal development designed specifically for the next generation of leaders.

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 and support in the development of mentor

Program Elements:

Individualized Development Plan (IDP)
Each participant will work with the two program coaches, Cynthia O’Connor and Katie Doucette, to develop a comprehensive individualized professional development plan (IDP). These program facilitators will support work on the IDP with the following:
-Five ndividual coaching sessions
-A comprehensive and targeted resource listing/information on educational and training opportunities available in the community
-Peer learning through large group meetings, debrief sessions, networking and other activities
-Assistance with identification and initiation of a mentor relationship as needed

Program Content:
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.

Emotional Agility:
-Self-Reflection & Self-Awareness: Individual assessments to identify strengths and areas of growth opportunities, stylistic preferences using self-assessment tools, peer group learning, recommended resources such as articles, podcasts, etc., and the establishment of an ongoing external feedback mechanism
-Social Intelligence: Team building, managing relationships, political awareness, and collaboration

Communication Skills:
-Conflict resolution, effective feedback, and listening
-“Telling the Story” of your organization: Linking the passionate perspective with the value proposition that includes data to support agency outcomes
-Presentation skills: The ability to communicate a compelling story that engages others
-Networking skills

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165811

Number of Grants:

There will be 10-12 participants total.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Current employee of a nonprofit organization located within Onondaga or Madison county
-Three years of experience in the nonprofit community
-Program management and/or supervisory responsibility
-Priority will be given to applicants from small or mid-sized organizations

Pre-Application Information:

Submission Deadline: September 15

Contact Information:

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

Questions about the LeadUPCNY program may be directed to Danielle Gill at (315) 883-5554 or email

Interested individuals may fill out and submit an application electronically to

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Onondaga and Madison Counties