“The Center for Bronx Nonprofits is one clearinghouse that helps all nonprofits in the Bronx and because it is housed at a community college – that also makes it feel more rooted, connected, and grassroots. There’s nothing else like it.” — Marianna Schaffer, Advisory Board Member, Director of Programs, David Rockefeller Fund
Strategic Plan
The Office of the President, the Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development, and The Center for Bronx Nonprofits (CBNP) of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York (CUNY) held an official function on Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m. to present The Center’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017: Supporting Nonprofit Capacity in the Bronx (450 Grand Concourse, 3rd Floor). Since spring 2014, over 100 community leaders from the academic, government, private industry, and nonprofit sector provided ideas for this multi-year plan. 

Since launching in 2012, with collaborative support from the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and initial funding from the JPMorgan Chase Foundations and the New York Community Trust, the CBNP has already played a key role in supporting Bronx-based community leaders and nonprofit organizations strengthen their capacity to serve their missions and constituencies.
In the past two years the CBNP has hosted over 22 workshops, trainings, resource sharing and networking events that have reached 728 Bronx nonprofit professionals and over 422 organizations that account to more than 16 percent of the registered nonprofits in the Bronx. The CBNP’s networking functions have allowed nonprofit executives and administrative personnel to address and discuss challenges and work together for the good of the community.
“We are very excited to share some of the great work the Center for Bronx Nonprofits has done and what it has in store in the coming years. This Center is an invaluable resource and a vital part of the mission of Hostos Community College,” said Hostos Interim President David Gómez.
At the event CBNP Executive Director Eileen Newman will announce the launch of a monthly television program, Mission Bronx, that will air via BronxNet, and will feature interviews with nonprofit directors, elected officials and other community heads who understand that one aspect of making the Bronx a better place to live, is by strengthening support services and empowering collaboration among the nonprofit sector. Mission Bronx will be a 30-minute program hosted by Eileen Newman where guests will share stories of the meaningful work being carried out in neighborhoods throughout the borough. Early episodes includes, The Challenges of Nonprofits, Mergers and Strategic Partnerships and Healthcare Issues.
Mission Bronx will allow us to reach more people than ever before,” Newman said. “Together with BronxNet, we hope this program will help transform the way people view nonprofits and provide information that will support organizations that have served the Bronx for years, and others that are just getting started. With more than 2,500 nonprofits registered in the borough alone, Mission Bronx is an important initiative that will have a lasting impact.”
Another CBNP initiative was unveiled on March 26 will be the new Executive Management Certificate Program for middle managers which includes a Peer Learning Network component (PLN).
The Executive Management Certificate Program is a 10-month course curriculum designed to address real organizational and leadership challenges of nonprofit organizations. In addition, a PLN will be created specifically for Executive Directors to work together to address their unique challenges.
PLNs have proven to strengthen nonprofit capacity. Through six months of facilitated peer-to-peer interaction, and a curriculum largely designed by the participants, Bronx nonprofit leaders can build fortifying their capacity to address specific issues Bronx nonprofits face.
The CBNP operates out of Hostos’ Division Continuing Education & Workforce Development.
To RSVP for this event, please email Kaila López at KLopez@hostos.cuny.edu
The Hostos Café is located in the third floor of Hostos’ East Academic Complex (C-Building) at 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx NY 10451.
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About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.
Recently named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.