"charitySTRONG" -- A New Program to Help Nonprofit Boards is Formed

Nearly a dozen local partners and funders have joined together to launch charitySTRONG. The new initiative was created with support from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to assist nonprofit organizations in achieving the highest standards of board leadership, governance and oversight. The first pilot sites are the Greater Buffalo region and the New York City metropolitan area.

charitySTRONG will accomplish its mission to strengthen board leadership through two programs, which are accessible through the organization’s website, www.charitystrong.org

The first program, "onBoard," is an innovative matching service designed to connect community-minded individuals interested in board service to nonprofit organizations in need of board members.

The second program, "Directors U," is an online library of educational and training resources that focuses on governance best practices and nonprofit laws andWNYAC small for web regulations.

charitySTRONG resulted from the work of the Leadership Committee for Nonprofit Revitalization, commissioned by Attorney General Schneiderman which included Oishei EVP Paul Hogan. 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 nonprofit organizations, the Committee recommended the creation of a new organization dedicated to improving director recruitment and training throughout the state.

Western New York is home to more than 5,000 nonprofit organizations. In 2015 alone, the nonprofit sector in our region generated $7.4 billion in revenue and held $11 billion in total assets.

charitySTRONG’s services are free of charge and are open to individuals interested in board service, nonprofit organizations seeking help with recruitment and governance resources, and employers looking to provide their employees with community leadership opportunities.

All are welcome to register and learn more at www.charitySTRONG.org.

Local funders of charitySTRONG include the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, The John R. Oishei Foundation, the M&T Bank Charitable Foundation, the First Niagara Foundation, the Western New York Foundation and the Burt Flickinger Jr. Leadership Fund.

The following members represent the 2016 Western New York Advisory Council:

o Brian Ahern, Williams Lea
o Molly Anderson, Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, University at Buffalo School of Management
o Adam Bartoszek, The Service Collaborative of WNY
o Liz Callahan, Buffalo Niagara Partnership
o Karen Christie, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
o Tod Kniazuk, Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, Inc.
o Althea E. Luehrsen, Leadership Buffalo
o Karen Lee Spaulding, The John R. Oishei Foundation
o Tasha Villani, Leadership Niagara
o Mike Weiner, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County