charitySTRONG’s mission is to assist charitable organizations in achieving the highest standards of board leadership, governance and oversight. We do this by providing training and educational resources for prospective and current nonprofit board members and chief executives and through an online board recruitment program helps organizations seeking board members connect with community-minded individuals who want to participate in nonprofit board service. We are working with public charities in New York State.
charitySTRONG was one result of the work of the Leadership Committee for Nonprofit Revitalization, commissioned in 2011 by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. This group was tasked with identifying ways to strengthen governance and create efficiencies in the nonprofit sector. Recognizing that strong board leadership is fundamental to the well being of charitable organizations, the Committee recommended the creation of new programming dedicated to improving director recruitment and training throughout the state.
Board service enables individuals to give back to their communities, develop leadership skills and expand their networks, while nonprofit organizations benefit from diverse and engaged board members who possess governance expertise. Through its advancement of effective nonprofit board leadership and governance, charitySTRONG’s programming helps organizations deliver services that make a measurable change in the quality of life for the communities they serve.
charitySTRONG offers two distinctive online programs. Access to both is available free of charge.
onBOARD is our recruitment and matching service to connect New York State nonprofits, seeking to fill board vacancies, with director candidates. Using an online database, onBOARD offers a searchable “job board” for candidates and organizations.
Directors U includes excellent, topical resources for current and prospective nonprofit board members and chief executives, developed by charitySTRONG and other highly regarded governance capacity building organizations. Accessible through Directors U, our signature online course, Good Practices for Good Boards, provides essential information on nonprofit board service in New York State. Good Practices is required for all candidates seeking placements, and all organizations registering with charitySTRONG are asked to have their sitting board members complete the course within one year.