CNE Update


Communities prosper when nonprofits are strong. That's a core belief at Berkshire Taconic, and the premise behind our Center for Nonprofit Excellence, one of our leadership initiatives that builds the capacity of nonprofits.

This month, nine area organizations are taking part in our intensive training program known as the Nonprofit Learning Program. Led by Simone Joyaux, a widely recognized expert in nonprofit governance and fund development, the program brings together leadership teams from each institution for group trainings to help participants mobilize their boards and donors in support of their missions. Since it was created in 2005, NPLP has trained over 200 board and staff leaders from more than 60 organizations.
In July, our partnership with Harvard Business School continues with two scholarships for the school's popular executive education program, "Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management."

Shaun Cusson of Hillcrest Educational Center and Carolyn Valli of Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity were selected to attend this year's six-day program, which draws nonprofit CEOs, presidents or executive directors from around the world. Taught by a team of HBS faculty who specialize in nonprofit management, the program uses the case-study method to equip leaders with management skills to respond to internal and external changes at their organizations.

In the fall, the CNE's 2015 activities will conclude with our "Seminars in Nonprofit Excellence" for staff and board leaders. Begun back in 1998, this popular annual series drew over 200 participants last year for daylong exchanges with regional peers and national experts.