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UAlbany's Nonprofit Series Draws Attendees from 87 Community Organizations – Jason Lilien of NYS AG's Office to Speak at May 10th Seminar

Nearly 150 professionals from 87 Capital Region community-based organizations were on hand Friday, April 12 as the University at Albany launched "Emerging Issues in the Nonprofit Sector," a new professional development series designed to address the critical needs of the local nonprofit community. A collaboration among Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, the School of Social Welfare, and the School of Public Health, the series will explore topics identified by nonprofit leaders and their staffs as having particular importance to the operation of a nonprofit organization.

Anne Bryce, CEO of Achieve Australia, Ltd.,

Anne Bryce, CEO of Achieve Australia, Ltd., a disability services and housing organization in New South Wales, delivered the keynote at the inaugural 'Emerging Issues' seminar on the topic of mergers, collaborations, and partnerships.  Ms. Bryce was chief executive officer of Hornsby Challenge, an independent living center in New South Wales, from 2003 to 2009, before being appointed to the role of CEO for Achieve Australia when The Crowle Foundation and Achieve Foundation successfully merged in 2009.  Also on the morning's agenda was a discussion among a panel of distinguished area nonprofit leaders, including Dorothy Cucinelli, CEO of Equinox; Brian Hassett, President and CEO of the United Way of the Capital District; Ladan Alomar, CEO of Centro Civico, Inc.; Patricia McGeown, former CEO, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood; and Raymond Schimmer, CEO of Northern Rivers Family Services. Doug Sauer, CEO of the New York Council on Nonprofits (NYCON) shared his insights on successful mergers as well.  Seminar attendees had the opportunity to participate in a series of interactive roundtables, facilitated by faculty members of the three University at Albany schools.

On Friday, May 10 at 8:30 a.m., the University will present the next installment of Emerging Issues in the Nonprofit Sector titled "Governance in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector: Overcoming the Issues That Challenge the Performance of Nonprofit Boards."  The program will feature a talk by Jason Lilien, chief of the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau, a panel discussion among a group of nonprofit CEOs and board presidents, and a research presentation by Assistant Professor Yvonne Harrison of the Rockefeller College Department of Public Administration and Policy. 

Emerging Issues in the Nonprofit Sector is coordinated by a steering committee made up of faculty and staff from Rockefeller College, the School of Social Welfare and the School of Public Health, with the support of the University's Office of Community Engagement. Series planners rely on input and guidance from an advisory committee that includes leaders from a number of area nonprofits.

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