Monday, January 24, 2011

Berkshire Taconic to Sponsor Local Nonprofit for Program at Harvard Business School

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Berkshire Taconic to Sponsor Local Nonprofit for Program at Harvard Business School

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation invites executive directors of nonprofit organizations in the Berkshire Taconic region to apply for a scholarship to attend a six-day intensive training program at the Harvard Business School in Boston. Under Berkshire Taconic's sponsorship, a selected director will attend "Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management," a program designed to strengthen the capacity of nonprofit directors to lead their organizations effectively. The program will take place July 17–23, 2011. Tuesday, March 1, 2011 is the deadline for applications.

Berkshire Taconic began developing the sponsorship in 2008 after Jennifer Dowley, president of the foundation, attended the program herself. Berkshire Taconic has sponsored area nonprofit CEOs—Martin Ping of Hawthorne Valley Association, Gary Schiro of Hudson Valley Opera House, Anne Nemetz Carlson of Child Care of the Berkshires and Jeffrey Rovitz of Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties —to attend this week-long program over the last two summers.

Martin Ping said, "The strategic perspectives in Nonprofit Management at HBS exceeded my high expectations by a wide margin.  Every aspect of the week was world class and I consider myself extremely privileged to have been able to take part."

"I've been working professionally in the nonprofit world for some 26 years now and no workshop, class or experience has been half as valuable as my time spent at the SPNM Program at the business school," said 2010 attendee Gary Schiro.

The selected participant will attend the program along with 140 other nonprofit leaders, using the case–study method of learning. The program encompasses several themes, such as formulating strategy in complex environments, exploring market sensitivity, achieving internal alignment with strategic vision and leading change. The program is part of the Harvard Business School's Social Enterprise Initiative, which helps leaders in all sectors apply management skills to create social value. The School is providing a full scholarship, valued at $4,900.

Application forms and program brochures for the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program are available online at

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