Organizations Announce Partnership
for North Country Center
of Nonprofit Excellence

center for non profit excellence logoWATERTOWN — United Way of Northern New York and the Northern New York Community Foundation are pleased to announce a collaborative partnership to provide critical education and training to community organizations in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties. The UWNNY's North Country Center of Nonprofit Excellence will offer professional development workshops and skill training symposiums, which gives participants the knowledge and tools to increase organizational performance and agility.

"The United Way is thrilled to partner with the Community Foundation," said Jamie Cox, United Way of Northern New York chief executive officer. "By working together, we are going to have the ability to provide best-in-class training, which will result in nonprofit organizations throughout the North Country having more effective programs and increased financial efficiency. This partnership facilitates holistic community success for human service, environmental, health, educational, cultural and recreational-oriented nonprofits."

The center's 2020 curriculum includes seminars on leadership and management; grant writing; company financial management and strategy; board member boot camps; compliance and governance; interacting with the media; digital content creation; strategic planning; creation of annual operating plans; conflict management; fundraising; program management; entrepreneurship and change management; succession planning; and human relations, personnel management and developing employee performance.

"The Community Foundation and United Way have always shared a common goal of making life better throughout the communities of the North Country. This partnership and joining of resources bring our two organizations closer and has the potential to help all charitable dollars go further, for local nonprofits and the donors that support them," said Rande Richardson, Northern New York Community Foundation executive director. The North Country Center for Nonprofit Excellence's first training event is on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Ramada Inn in Watertown. The Leadership and Management Symposium features keynote speaker Dr. Ty Stone, Jefferson Community College president, as well as Massena Mayor Tim Currier, former Watertown Mayor Joe Butler, Carthage Savings and Loans CEO Tom Piché, DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services owner Diane H. Leonard, and Samaritan Health System CEO Tom Carman.

To learn more about the more the North Country Center of Nonprofit Excellence, contact Ms. Natasha Gamble, 315-788-5631, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



The United Way of Northern New York's mission is to measurably improve the lives of all residents of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties through leadership, training and funding. It is a designated 501(c)(3) charitable, nonprofit organization by the IRS with an EIN of 15-0543356. Its offices are at 200 Washington St., Suite 402A, Watertown, NY 13601.


Since 1929, the Northern New York Community Foundation has invested in improving and enriching the quality of life for all in communities across Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Through strategic partnerships with businesses and organizations, charitable foundations, and generous individual donors, the Community Foundation awards grants and scholarships from an endowment and collection of funds that benefit the community. Its commitment to donors helps individuals achieve their charitable objectives now and for generations to come by preserving legacies of community philanthropy while inspiring others. The Community Foundation is a resource for local charitable organizations, donors, professional advisors and nonprofit organizations. It also works to bring people together at its permanent home in the Northern New York Philanthropy Center to discuss challenges our communities face and find creative solutions that strengthen the region and make it a great place to live, work, and play.

10 January 2020