Support Center is a nonprofit capacity building organization created as part of an international network of management support organizations (Support Centers of America) originally established in 1971. We have been a trusted partner to nonprofits in the greater New York/New Jersey/Connecticut area for more than 30 years. Support Center specializes in organizational development, consulting and executive transition.
Within the world of management support organizations, we are unique in our commitment to be a deeply engaged “partner” to the nonprofits with which we work. We take the long view in committing to help our partners and propose long-term navigational support for organizations to ensure that our work leads to sustained change and success. We work in close collaboration with our clients, ensuring that the work is focused on accomplishing goals as we continuously assess progress and refine strategy as needed.
To empower nonprofits and social enterprises to transform their leadership and management and advance our vision for social change.
We envision a thriving community of nonprofit leaders and social innovators committed to organizational excellence and a shared vision for a better world. Specifically, we envision a society where:
Coalitions and organizations have the resources needed to understand and address inequities.
Boards and their organizations work towards identifying, retaining, and advancing more diverse leadership.
Communities and the people most directly impacted lead and represent organizations and coalitions.
Support Center, our partners, and clients hold each other and themselves accountable to understanding the systems that perpetuate inequities across health, wealth, happiness, safety, and security.
We expect to bring our authentic selves to work, regardless of race, sexual orientation, ability, age, national origin/ethnicity, appearance, and gender.
We design and adopt new ways of operating that question the practices of a white dominant culture.
We believe in equitable access regardless of race, sexual orientation, ability, age, national origin/ethnicity, appearance,and gender to our training, consulting, and coaching.
We believe that we are stronger together and that people and organizations are more successful when they prioritize collaboration over competition. We work to reframe zero sum thinking, invest in field-building, and pursue opportunities to share knowledge with our peers and partners.
We believe that capacity-building work requires the courage to be vulnerable and open to change. We accompany organizations through this work by meeting them “where they are”, practicing deep listening, and developing long-term and honest relationships.
We believe that continuous learning and co-creation is part of our journey together. By blending the expertise of ourcapacity builders with the insights of the organizations we work with, we are able to support organizations and develop our practice together. We innovate, refine, and evaluate our programming through these experiences.
Constructive Change, Hands-On Help
For over 30 years, Support Center has worked in collaboration with nonprofit and philanthropic clients to increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency, enabling them to improve the quality of life in our communities.
We are committed to working with nonprofit organizations and social enterprises of all sizes and at all stages of their development to strengthen their leadership, management, and financial sustainability. See below for the four main ways we work to help nonprofits and funders or click here to see our strategic plan.