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Nonprofit Retreat Week - Strengthening Communities Summit

Networking Opportunity for New York Nonprofits
Serving the Mid-Hudson Valley Region

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Omega Institute

Deadline Date:

01/29/18 Receipt


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Opportunity for New York nonprofit organizations located in Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, Columbia, Putnam, and Greene Counties to attend a networking event. Preference will be given to organizations working to improve the social, environmental, and economic welfare of the Mid-Hudson Valley region.

Omega Institute seeks to offer this retreat grant to organizations that can demonstrate their alignment with Omega, are poised to take advantage of networking opportunities, are actively addressing systemic inequality, and will make the best use of, and benefit most from, this opportunity.

These tend to be organizations that have identified goals for themselves, such as strategic planning, cultivating leadership, and deepening staff commitment, and are prepared to work on them in a retreat setting.

Nonprofit Retreat Week at Omega:

Omega Nonprofit Retreat Week was created in 2005. From 2005-2016, the program was named Service Week. The overall goal to support peer organizations and strengthen networks of change leaders connected to Omega and each other. Providing a self-led working retreat grant allows nonprofits to bring staff and/or board members out of their normal working environments to generate new ideas and allows participants to return to their demanding work feeling rejuvenated and re-inspired.

Each organization creates and leads its own retreat, and has access to all the amenities of Omega’s campus. Selected organizations use Nonprofit Retreat Week to develop strategic plans for the future, cultivate relationships among their board members, re-engage with their mission statements, heal organizational rifts, deepen staff commitment, and enjoy some much-needed peace and relaxation.

The retreat takes place on Omega’s beautiful campus over the course of three days and two nights and includes: meeting space for three half-day sessions, simple accommodations, meals, and access to all campus amenities. Omega provides an opening gathering and opportunities for networking, including during mealtimes and breaks. Each organization designs its own retreat according to its needs and is eligible for a free, one-hour consultation with the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) while on campus.

Each organization designs and facilitates its own retreat according to its needs. Omega Institute strongly encourages a good balance of work and relaxation.

Invited nonprofits agree to the following:

-Plan and facilitate an organizational retreat that balances working with time to rest and strengthen relationships;
-Participate in Omega’s publicity and funding efforts, as requested (e.g. providing photos, quotes, mission descriptions, impact stories, or sharing information via email and/or social media);
-Join an orientation conference call prior to the Summit designed to support preparation as well as initial connections with other participating organizations;
-Share relevant information provided by Omega with participating individuals;
-Ensure each individual participant calls in to register;
-Participate in the entire Summit, including attending the opening;
-Be prepared to introduce organization and retreat goals to other participants;
-Meet with an Omega representative during Summit, if requested;
-Respond promptly to three requests for written evaluative feedback immediately following the retreat and twice in the following year at 6- and 12-month intervals.

Omega provides organizations with a self-led working retreat, including:

-Simple accommodations and meals
-Meeting space for three half-day sessions over the course of three days and two nights
-Environment conducive to relaxation, rejuvenation, and connecting with others and the natural
-Summit Opening to support relationship building and/or learning while creating opportunities
for possible future collaboration
-Opportunity to participate in The Nonprofit Clinic during Summit, a free, one-hour consultation
with the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON)
-Access to campus amenities, including lake, walking trails, tennis and basketball courts;
Sanctuary, library, store and café; and tai chi, yoga, meditation, or movement classes

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168456

Term of Contract:

The Strengthening Communities Summit takes place between May 28 and May 30.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofits serving the Mid-Hudson Valley region may apply.

Invited groups cover a broad range of social, economic, and environmental issues and work at different scales across a variety of contexts.

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications are due January 29, 2018.
Organizations will be notified of their acceptance by February 20, 2018.

For a free half-hour consultation on how best to complete the application, contact Doug Sauer (see contact details below).

Selected organizations are responsible for their own transportation costs and arrangements.


Contact Information:

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

Online Application:

For an application consultation, contact:

Doug Sauer, NYCON Chief Executive Officer

For program questions:

Marta Szabo
845.266.4444, ext. 403

Omega Institute
150 Lake Drive
Rhinebeck, NY 12572-3252

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Mid-Hudson Valley (Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, Columbia, Putnam, and Greene Counties)