22 Nonprofit Executive Directors met Thursday, February 21st to discuss the formation of a peer networking and professional development group for the Western New York region, including the counties of: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming.
The meeting began with an overview of the statewide movement of similar groups convened by CCSNYS presented by Andy Marietta, Regional Coordinator at the Central NY office. The discussion included the structure and operation of said groups, as well as some of the questions they faced in deciding the group model they wanted to use.
The results of the pre-meeting survey, to which 53 Executive Directors responded, were then presented by Cindy Wagner, Capacity Building Advisor at the Western NY office. (If you would like a copy of the survey, please click here.)
The vast majority of respondents, as well as the attendees, agreed there was a need for the group, and that it should meet quarterly with presentations by outside speakers on a topic of interest.
It was decided a follow-up survey would be posted concerning meeting dates and times and presentation topics, as well as gathering information on the group name, mission, structure and Steering Committee members.
The Steering Committee will meet to discuss the follow-up survey results and present the group with those results at the next meeting.