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Resilience & Response in Times of Change

With changes taking place across our nation, state, and city, many in the nonprofit sector are wondering if and how to start (or continue) pivoting their organization's programs or operations in response. 

To prepare for continued funding, legislative, and structural shifts, and to respond to emerging community needs, the New York City Capacity Building Collaborative is offering a free, three-part series on risk assessment and organizational planning for nonprofit leaders. 

Facilitated by Community Resource Exchange, this series will help organizations plan for a wide variety of scenarios, including turning risks into opportunities to advance their missions.

This workshop series will help your organization to:
  • Assess potential areas of vulnerability or weakness on various aspects of organizational capacity, from strategy to finance
  • Identify new opportunities for partnership and programming
  • Become better prepared to help your staff and organization respond to new challenges     
The training will be conducted by Jeff Ballow and Fiona Kanagasingam of Community Resource Exchange.     

Fiona Kanagasingam, Director of Consulting
Fiona’s consulting work at CRE has included building and scaling CRE’s innovation and diversity, equity, and inclusion practices. She trains and consults with a variety of nonprofit and New York City government agencies in areas such as innovation, strategic planning, talent and human resource management, team effectiveness, and leadership development. 

Jeff Ballow, Director of Consulting
Jeff is a consultant and trainer in the areas of strategic planning, financial management, leadership development, risk management and human resource management. in addition to serving as a coach to managers and executive leaders, he oversees our Strategy and Risk Management consulting business line.


Who should sign up? Senior-level leaders of nonprofit organizations in New York City. Each participating organization will be required to send the same two senior-level staff people to all three sessions.  Where appropriate/desired, a Board member may be part of the organization’s team attending this series. Applicants must commit to participating in the full program and complete a pre-engagement survey designed to help the trainers better understand your organization. 

Dates and Times:
Session 1: Thursday, January 11, 2018, 9:00 am –  1:00 pm, breakfast and lunch will be provided
Session 2: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 9:30 am –  12:30 pm 
Session 3: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 

Location: All sessions will be held at the New York Foundation, 10 East 34th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10016
Closest subways: B/D/F/M/N/R/Q/W at 34th Street, Herald Square; 6 at 33rd Street
This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women’s Foundation, North Star Fund, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.

Deadline to apply: Monday, December 4, 2017. Space is limited. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the workshop series and sent a workshop pre-assessment survey on Monday, December 11, 2017. Applicants will be selected based on ability to participate in all sessions, ability to plan and implement a risk management strategy, and needs and interests that match the goals and outcomes of the training.

If you have any questions, you can reach out to Alexa Aviles at