SNJ Business People — Vol 5 Issue 7 2011
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Non Profit Development Center Expands Board, Welcomes TD Bank As Presenting Sponsor, And Schedules New Workshops

Founded five years ago, the Nonprofit Development Center (NPDC) of Southern New Jersey has gotten its “second wind” as the region’s premier “umbrella organization” helping non profits across the region.

Under the leadership of Board chair Michael Willmann and President Bob Dintino, the organization has spent the last six months expanding its board, securing TD Bank as its presenting sponsor, affiliating with the statewide Center for Non Profits as well as the Entrepreneurs Forum of Southern New Jersey, and scheduling a full program of workshops and seminars for the fall and spring.

Created to be a new resource dedicated to helping nonprofits work more efficiently and collaboratively, NPDC provides training, grant assistance and shared resources for nonprofit organizations across Southern New Jersey.

Willmann, Dintinio, and Board VP Wanda Hardy have combined to recruit an expanded board that “not only represents the region’s NPOs extremely well but also includes outstanding community leaders,” says Willmann.

“For example, to have what I consider the region’s finest NPO legal mind in Fran McElhill or a seasoned NPO executive like Jim Schuck on our board is just invaluable,” he adds.

In addition to Willmann, who is the CEO of WMSH Marketing Communications in Haddonfield, D'Intino, who is on the Business School faculty at Rowan University, and Hardy, who is the founder of WP Hardy Consulting LLC, the expanded board now includes:

• Patricia Bruder, Linchpin Solutions, LLC, Vice President,

• Reynold P. Cicalese, III, CPA, MST, Alloy Silverstein, Treasurer,

• Stephen M. Kozachyn III, Director, Rohrer College of Business Outreach/South Jersey Technology Park/Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Secretary

• Brian Keller, TD Bank,

• Fran McElhee, Archer & Greiner,

• Tiffany Donio, Archer & Greiner,

• Rob Harrington, Manna Design,

• Michael Lane, Wood Turning Center, and

• James M. Schuck, Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey Along with TD Bank, support from NPDC has come from:

• Alloy, Silverstein, Shapiro, Adams, Mulford, Cicalese, Wilson & Co.,

• Archer & Greiner, P.C.,

• Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Rowan University,

• Center for Leadership, Community & Neighborhood Development at Cumberland County College,

• Entrepreneurs Forum of Southern New Jersey,

• Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce,

• Manna Design,

• The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle, and

• WMSH Marketing Communications.

With an office at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Rowan’s Tech Park, NPDC was created to help the region’s NPOs respond to:

• A shortage of local training

• Demand from local nonprofit leaders

• Decreased funding from government and other sources

• Opportunities to collaborate and draw more grants to the region

It also serves as a conduit for Rowan University faculty and students to assist nonprofits through service learning projects.

According to Dintino, “In the business of "doing good," the question of what it takes to be a great organization is often unasked and unanswered. Executive directors must be resourceful In meeting the needs of their constituents, generating enough income to keep programs running and accomplish all of the above while keeping board members engaged and informed. Board members often feel stymied by the pull of fund-raising and operational demands that distract them from their passion of ‘making a difference’ in the community.”

“Corporate leaders and individual philanthropists make generous investments in nonprofit organizations that serve a diverse group of people and institutions,” adds Hardy. “Yet, a sizable portion of their contributions often funds overhead expenses. The Nonprofit Development Center was formed to increase donors' "’social return on investment’ and to stimulate new sources of philanthropy in this region.”

“NPDC is a prime example of the collaboration that we preach,” adds Willmann. “it is the product of the cooperation and leverage of resources from nonprofits, businesses, government and higher education.”

On tap for the fall are programs such as:

Why We CLICK with Some and CLANK with Others

Jeff Backal, CEO
Team Builders Plus

Community Collaboration: How It's Working in South Jersey...and Why It's the Wave of the Future

Colleen Maguire, Executive Director

Pascale Sykes Foundation Social Entrepreneurship: What It Means for South Jersey's NPOs

Robert Dintino, PhD Rowan University First up, however, is a two-day Grant Writing Seminar on August 11 and August 18, which is starts at 8:30 and concludes at 1:30 pm on both days and costs $249.00. Presented in cooperation with the Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC) in cooperation with Linchpin Solutions, LLC, the sessions will be led by Jane Sharp.

According to Linchpin Solutions Pat Bruder, “If you’re looking for additional funding but have limited time or experience with writing grant proposals, then this workshop is for you. In this course you’ll learn common grant components and tips for success from a seasoned grant writer/ reviewer.

“In addition to learning about funding, you’ll develop skills for building partnerships, resolving community needs, and developing community support. You’ll leave with the confidence that you CAN write a grant,” Bruder adds.

Next up is “Financial Management-Accounting & Budgeting for Nonprofit Management” on September 21, from 9:00 AM to Noon On the Battleship New Jersey. The presenter is James Schuck, President & CEO of the Battleship New Jersey, and the cost is $45.

In a climate that demands accountability and transparency, financial management is one of the most important practices in nonprofit management. The oversight and responsibility of financial management rests with the Board of Directors and staff.

Schuck’s workshop, will help participants develop an understanding of the foundation of financial management and budgeting principals, as well as learn how a budget empowers and protects the organization and its programs. “It can also be the ultimate deciding factor in times of financial conflict,” says Schuck.

Then, on October 12, NPDC will present “Ethics Training for Non- Profits” 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the offices of Archer & Greiner in Haddonfield. The cost is $45. The presenter will be Claudia B. Hawkins, Retired, U.S. Treasury Internal Revenue Service

Says Hawkins, “You’ve seen and heard the news! Ethics is a hot topic! Why? Because, there are cases in the news of alleged and sometimes confirmed situations where you can readily identify and determine that an unethical decision was made. Being proactive about ethics training for an organization is a critical part of managing a non-profit.”

“Does the NPO’s staff have the tools to quickly identify and resolve potentially questionable situations? Funders want to know if the organization has a reputation as an ethical non-profit,” she adds.

Past NPDC programs have included The Grant Writers Roundtable, Building Nonprofit Capacity Building Lunch & Workshop, Making Collaborations Work, Good Governance: Enhancing Your Board's Leadership, Writing Grants and Getting Them Funded, Economic Stimulus for NPOs, and the Forum on the Future of Funding for NPOs in New Jersey.

Held last October, the Forum featured keynote speaker Chris Daggett, President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, who defined the landscape in which Garden State NPOs will be operating, and suggested what the new "rules of the game" will be with respect to private, corporate, foundation, and government support for NPOs.

Panelists Doug Schoenberger, VP for Public Affairs at Verizon/ New Jersey, Lois Greco, Evaluation Officer of the Wachovia Regional Foundation, and Sidney Hargro, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of South Jersey, then followed by sharing their perspectives on this topic. The entire event has been videoarchived on NPDCSNJ's web site (npdcsnj.org).
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