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charitySTRONG December Newsletter

Thursday, December 1, 2016   (0 Comments)
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charitySTRONG Launches in Pilot Sites

charitySTRONG launched with a press conference at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. Programs are now open for enrollment in the New York City metropolitan area and greater Buffalo. There are plans to expand to other communities in New York State starting in 2017. charitySTRONG is providing nonprofit governance educational material and board recruitment services. Board Chair Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker commented, "This new resource will help nonprofits and potential board members find each other while enhancing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations."

Habitat for Humanity Joins charitySTRONG Board Honor Roll

Congratulations to Habitat for Humanity Buffalo for being the first nonprofit board to join the charitySTRONG Board Honor Roll. All 16 members of the organization’s board completed Good Practices for Good Boards, charitySTRONG's director education course, to prepare for a governance retreat. Karen Lee Spaulding, Vice President of Philanthropic Support at The John R. Oishei Foundation and a member of charitySTRONG’s Western New York Advisory Council, encouraged Habitat's Board to complete Good Practices after agreeing to facilitate the retreat. "Good Practices for Good Boards is the perfect governance overview, as orientation for the new trustee and refresher for the more seasoned trustee. I wanted to make sure we focused on the right topics and spent our time together wisely. Having a grounding in board roles was essential to a productive conversation. charitySTRONG is an invaluable resource, and I recommend it on a daily basis."

charitySTRONG created Good Practices for Good Boards with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit director education. This free online course can be completed in less than an hour and is available to all who are interested in serving on the board of a New York State public charity. For more information, please register for an account at charitySTRONG.

"If I could give the nonprofits I work with anything, it would be to find them good board members who support organizational missions in a wide variety of ways. Board members are essential partners for nonprofits large or small."
—Eileen Newman, Executive Director, The Center for Bronx Nonprofits

Buffalo Funding Community Supports charitySTRONG

The Buffalo funding community is demonstrating its commitment to effective nonprofit governance through support for charitySTRONG. Recent grants from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the First Niagara Foundation/Key Bank, M&T Bank, and The John R. Oishei Foundation are aimed at connecting with individuals who want to volunteer as board members and to working with nonprofits aiming to develop their boards.“This support could not have come at a better time for charitySTRONG,” commented Laura Klein, the organization’s Executive Director. “We are enthusiastic about working in Greater Buffalo and contributing to the valuable efforts of nonprofits in the region.” charitySTRONG has convened a group of experienced advisors to guide program development in Greater Buffalo representing the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, the Service Collaborative of Western New York, Leadership Buffalo, Leadership Niagara, The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, and the University at Buffalo School of Management, among others. "These leaders were instrumental in generating interest among local funders and will help spread the word about our programs and services," said Klein.

charitySTRONG Board Member Profile, Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker
Founding charitySTRONG Board Chair, 2013-2016
President/CEO Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo


Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker was one of the key voices on Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Leadership Committee for Nonprofit Revitalization, so it was no surprise when she was tapped to be charitySTRONG’s founding Board Chair. As President/CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Clotilde is a passionate advocate and champion for the nonprofits in the region and has spearheaded major initiatives to promote racial equity, school readiness, post-secondary attainment, lead-poisoning prevention, organizational development for arts organizations, and environmental stewardship. Clotilde was formerly the Executive Director of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women and has been an active community volunteer and board leader for years. She sees charitySTRONG as “an excellent resource for individuals seeking board service, nonprofit organizations seeking help with recruitment and governance resources, as well as employers looking to provide their employees with community leadership opportunities” and is “proud to support this effort."

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