Stronger Together: Nurturing Collaborative Leadership

Last year, groups participated in the the Marshmallow Challenge to help boost creativity and build collaboration. 

Building on the success of last year’s first-ever Stronger Together Symposium, DYCD, Support Center and Community Resource Exchange will host a second symposium to help nonprofit leaders build collaboration skills, meet new partners, and learn from experts. This year’s theme is focused on strengthening the ability of nonprofit leaders to start, sustain or manage strategic partnerships. Nonprofit leaders who are able to leverage long-standing, trusting relationships are more likely to be resilient and overcome significant challenges, which is crucial given today’s fickle funding environment. Nonprofit leaders who collaborate regularly have stronger programs, more motivated staff and deeper resources to draw from in times of need.

The one-day institute for small nonprofits or specific programs of larger organizations will help leaders identify, manage, evaluate and renew various ways to partner from sharing back-office resources to joint programming. Participants will learn about best practice from leaders of foundations, nonprofit umbrella organizations, government agencies, strategy experts and experienced practitioners.

Theme: Empowering nonprofit leaders to facilitate social and economic change through collaborative partnership


  • Identify concrete strategies and best practices for collaborating;
  • Meet other nonprofits interested in partnering or sharing resources particularly by geography; and
  • Learn from experts in the field on the various options and identify concrete next steps that your organization can take.

Target Audience: Executive directors, board members, and senior leadership

Date: June 22nd

Location: UJA-Federation of New York; 130 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022


8:30AM – 9:00AM (Registration, Breakfast & Networking)

9:15AM – 10:00AM (Keynote Address from Arthur T. Himmelman: Community organizing and collaborative leadership for working together in service and for justice.)

10:00AM – 10:45AM

Panel Discussion: The value of collaborative partnerships and best practices on how to nurture them.



Keith Timko, Executive Director of Support Center


Jack Krauskopf, Distinguished Lecturer and Director, Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management at Baruch College’s Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs


Jess Cavagnero, Partner, SeaChange Capital Partners

Partners from CRE Collaboration Lab

Robert Taylor, Executive Director of Youth Action/Youth Build and Craig Willingham, Deputy Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

11:00AM – 12:00PM (Workshop breakouts)

  • Session 1: Growing a Partnership: The Lifecycle
    Learn about the developmental stages of strategic partnerships such as: creating the foundation, building it out, agreeing on how to work, fortifying and sustaining of existing partnerships.
  • Session 2: Open Space
    Think and connect with willing partners and gain access to experts in the room to guide or answer questions.
  • Session 3: Is This Worth All the Effort
    Discover assessment tools to help you start a collaborative effort and other resources to assess if partnerships are working well.
  • Session 4: Community Engagement in the Decision Making Process
    Hear from the keynote speaker on ways to insure respectful and meaningful exchange of ideas for change and mutually beneficial power-sharing.
  • Session 5: Strategic Partnerships Panel Discussion
    Join representatives from multiple city agencies for a panel discussion about capacity building initiatives created to increase strategic partnerships.

12:00PM – 1PM (Lunch and Collaboration Challenge Game)

1:15PM – 2:15PM (Workshop breakouts – by borough | Moving into ACTION – participants will be separated by borough to explore partnership opportunities and put ideas gleaned from event into action.)

2:30PM – 3:00PM (You be the judge | Winners from the Collaboration Challenge Game are announced and given a prize)

3:00PM – 3:30pm (Closing / Next Steps)



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