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Courage in 2012; Change Ahead in 2013: White Water Rapids and the Unpredictable World We Live In

Don Head shot 004 2011 (1)It is hard for me to grasp that the holidays are already upon us.  It feels like it was just last week that the hurricane blew through and turned so many lives upside down and inside out.  Some years just glide by and at their conclusion we wonder where the time went.  This year, however, was more like a white water rafting trip than a smooth glider ride – it progressed ferociously and we in the nonprofit sector experienced all of the crashing and banging that comes with the dramatic changing conditions that confront us down river.  Already struggling with an unpredictable economy, decreased government resources, and an unraveling social safety net, nonprofit organizations have been forced to summon up courage and stamina to meet the challenges of an unpredictable world.

Is there any good news in all of this?  The good news in this is that our nonprofit or “citizen” sector has demonstrated nimbleness, responsiveness, and resilience in the face of growing challenges.  Two examples of the responsive and heroic attributes of our sector include The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean County in New Jersey and Services to the Underserved (SUS) in New York City (read their stories below). These two organizations are just a microcosm of the many brave and gallant organizations the Support Center has had the privilege to support in 2012.  We all owe a debt of gratitude for these organizations make our neighborhoods and communities better minute by minute, hour by hour and day by day.

What does 2013 have in store for us?  It is hard to know just what the challenges ahead might be.  Here at the Support Center, I am happy to announce that we have merged with Partnership in Philanthropy (PIP).  PIP and the Support Center have worked as colleagues and partners for several years in New Jersey. Now we will be able to do even more together as one organization, building on both organizations’ expertise, to serve nonprofit capacity and management needs in the tri-state region. Our new organization-Support Center/Partnership in Philanthropy-will begin providing integrated service in January 2013.  PIP Executive Director, Heather Robinson, will join us as Associate Director.  Our primary administrative offices will remain at 42 Broadway in New York City, and the new New Jersey office will be located in Newark. Read more about it in our press release.

Settling down for a brief holiday respite, I can’t help but think there is likely to be more rough water ahead.  Who better to ride the raft with than our nonprofit and philanthropic colleagues and partners?  Thank you all, for your courage, hard work, and support in 2012!  I wish each and every one of you a safe, secure, rest-filled holiday season.  With gratitude for the great work you all do, I look forward to the year ahead.

Warm regards,




Don Crocker

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