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2015 Results Newsletter

Training for the Top

New Trust fellowship gives mid-career ‘nonprofiteers’ a boost

LEADERS IN TRAINING: Trust Fellows gather for a session on board development. From left: Sallie Quinones of Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, Yaremis Félix Colón from Pregones Theater & Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, and Elizabeth Kahn from Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation. Photo by Amy Wolf/The Trust
“With Baruch College, we’re training the next generation of nonprofit leaders to excel.” —PATRICIA SWANN, senior program officer, The New York Community Trust

New York City’s nonprofit sector faces a leadership crisis. A generation of founders and executive directors is retiring. The sector—including some of the City’s top employers—needs savvy new leaders.

So here come The New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows.

We made the largest grant ever by a local foundation for a nonprofit leadership program—$450,000. It funds a fellowship with Baruch College School of Public Affairs. Mid-career professionals learn from experts and each other as they seek solutions to real-world problems they face on the job.

The inaugural class of 27 fellows—representing groups ranging from Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation in Far Rockaway to Mind- Builders Creative Arts Center in the Bronx—graduated this summer.

One, Bushra Khan, is associate director of programs at Year Up New York, which prepares young people for corporate jobs. Promoted twice in the past two years, she says she valued the fellowship because it taught her how to create a successful work plan, get staff backing, and attract an effective board.

The second group of fellows started this fall. “I’ve been thrilled to see how much knowledge the fellows have gleaned and immediately used in their organizations,” says Michael Seltzer, a distinguished lecturer at Baruch who also directs the fellowship program.

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