The Center for Leadership Development

The Center for Leadership Development (CLD) at FPWA aims to increase the capacity of community and faith based organizations by strengthening leadership skills, organizational and program management, and civic engagement. 

The Center for Leadership Development provides trainings and technical assistance to non-profits to develop skilled and talented staff, and strengthen their overall ability to effectively impact the growing and changing needs of the low income communities they serve.

FPWA’s CLD supports the capacity building and sustainability of its member agencies by focusing on the following three areas:

  • Leadership Development – executive directors, senior staff, frontline staff etc.
  • Organizational and Program Development – fund-raising, human resources, finances, service delivery, evaluation, collaboration, etc.
  • Policy and Advocacy / Civic Engagement – social change, city and state government, strategies, campaigns, etc.

CLD also provides customized trainings to support the needs of your organization. Please contact Aleciah Anthony, Member Outreach Coordinator for a consultation or questions concerning our Center for Leadership Development.

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Current Professional Development Offerings
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Current Offerings


The Policy Talk Series

Throughout the year, FPWA arranges meetings with Deputy Mayors and Commissioners from the de Blasio administration to discuss their vision and priorities, and identify ways that community and faith based organizations throughout New York City can partner with them to promote equal opportunity for vulnerable New Yorkers. These meetings are opportunities for our members to engage with our appointed officials and share emerging issues and recommendations.

*Meetings are open to principals of FPWA member agencies only. The maximum number of attendees is 40 people. Additional names will be added to a wait list.

Professional Development

Courageous Conversations ConferenceCourageous-Conversations-Flyer-2017

Join us for our Courageous Conversations: The Culture of Nonprofits and Trauma Informed Service Delivery, a fearless and intentional conversation about the impact of trauma and poverty in our communities. We’ll also discuss the capacity to embed trauma informed strategies into the core practices of social service organizations.

RSVP by clicking here.

Fundraising for Social Impact

Fundraising-for-Social-Impact-FlyerThis three-month training program is tailored for nonprofit leaders. Fundraising professionals will explore traditional and nontraditional fundraising strategies and learn to think strategically about ways to expand resources for their organizations. Participants will work towards creating and implementing a fundraising plan that is guided by social justice values and incorporates a vision for long-term social change.

*All participants will receive one hour of individual coaching at no additional cost.

Apply here. Application deadline: April 28th.

2017 LEADERS GROW TOGETHER-1Leaders Grow Together Executive Leadership Mentoring Program

This year-long program harnesses the expertise of seasoned Executive Directors in the social services field. Our team of Executive Directors will serve as mentors to new and emerging Executive Directors and senior leadership of FPWA’s member agencies. Mentors will support non-profit leaders in strengthening leadership practices, and developing organizational work plans. Grounded in strategic thought processes and experiential learning, leaders will emerge with clear methods to address organizational sustainability and community impact.