New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows: Next Generation of Non-Profiteers Get Ready to Take The Helm | The New York Community Trust
October 24, 2019   |   By The New York Community Trust
New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows: Next Generation of Non-Profiteers Get Ready to Take The Helm
Leadership Fellows Spring 2019 Cohort

Spring 2019 Cohort at the Museum of City of NY

By Camille Sperrazza

This article was originally printed in Shnepps Publications including the Brooklyn Paper, the Villager, and others.

New York’s more than 40,000 nonprofit organizations are facing a massive challenge.

As a generation of baby boomers and post-baby boomers move into retirement, the city’s nonprofits are scrambling to identify the next wave of trained leaders to help them as they address some of New York’s most pressing issues.

The New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows Program offers an important model for helping fill the nonprofit community’s leadership pipeline.

Each year, the program – the result of a partnership between The Trust and the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College of The City University of New York – brings together a fresh cohort of mid-career nonprofit professionals to help them prepare to take on more challenging leadership roles in their organizations and beyond.

In turn, it increases the quality and diversity of the individuals who will be leading the next generation of New York City nonprofits, preparing them to tackle the challenges of the jobs.

“It provides a safe space to discuss issues, learn skills, and share lessons,” says Pat Swann, The New York Community Trust’s senior program officer, who has led The New York Community Trust’s work on the program since its inception in 2015.

Since then, The Trust has invested more than $2.3 million in the program, which has now trained more than 200 mid-career leaders. The latest cohort of more than two dozen fellows took part in a graduation ceremony on Oct. 4th at God’s Love We Deliver on Spring Street in Greenwich Village.

Participants have said that developing their own personal and professionals networks is a huge benefit of the program. They have also said the curriculum is a well-developed one that meets their needs, allowing them to become more involved in strategic decision-making within their organizations. Nearly one half have earned promotions the year after completing the program.

Diversity is one of the program’s hallmarks. More than half of its graduates to date – 55 percent – are people of color and more than three quarters were women.

This 12-week professional certificate program features:

  • Learning seminars with distinguished faculty including Baruch College professors and experienced practitioners.
  • A curriculum taught through the lens of real-world issues and trends.
  • Real-time projects that address a particular challenge or opportunity.
  • Leadership conversations hosted by Dean David Birdsell of the School of Public Affairs, connecting fellows with leaders of the nonprofit sector and government.
  • Prominent mentors with decades of experience in the field.

Upon completion of the program, fellows receive a certificate from the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College.

With today’s growing economic inequality, the work of the city’s robust nonprofit sector has never been more important.

 Applications for the spring cycle begin in January. For more information, contact Mike Bawa:

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