Thursday, November 17, 2011

Nonprofit Thursdays Report

We start this Nonprofit Thursday recalling the zest that Judge George W. White had for community and self-help. Obit writers, including us, noted his affability, but he was steadfast in his pursuits and possessed of a certain feistiness to boot. The time of his passing has poignancy reminiscent of  the natural passing of the seasons.

The judge’s proudest community achievement was undoubtedly the establishment of the Cleveland chapter of the United Black Fund. This weekend will witness not the judge’s funeral but also the retirement party of his longtime UBF colleague and friend, Ruby Terry, who served as both board chair and then chief executive officer for more than twenty years.

The bookend events perhaps form a springboard for the launch of UBF’s next phase, which will be led by its new president, Cecil Lipscomb. We had the chance to chat with Mr. Lipscomb for a few minutes when we stopped at UBF offices earlier this week. He is an impressive young man with a bold agenda for a vital agency in need of a shot in the arm.

Lipscomb was presented as a candidate to the UBF board through the efforts of Barbara Danforth, former YWCA Cleveland president and CEO who this year launched a new career as executive search consultant. She appears to be off to a great start!

Judge White charted an independent course as a politician. He would probably applaud the efforts of the Cuyahoga County Young Democrats in their sponsorship of a series of panel discussions addressing the issue of city, county, and regional  population decline.

Tonight’s panel discussion, “Media and Self-Esteem of the County”, is the second of an eleven part series. It will focus on the County’s image in the local and national media.  Tonight's panel will be moderated by radio personality Bijou Star [aka Kim Sadler] of Radio One Cleveland.  Panelists will be Kenny Crumpton and Angelica Campos (Fox 8) Colby "Colby Colb" Tyner of Radio-One, Felicia Haney of the Call and Post, and Rocky Robinson of Plain Dealer.

The series aims to provide in-depth and often surprising information regarding the state of Cuyahoga County through eleven topical discussions - each focusing on an aspect of life in the region. The program is intended to involve and elicit input from the public. 

The eleven panel discussions will culminate in the “Why Stay Conference” scheduled for September 2012. Emphasis is on ways regional government can retain the so-called Echo Generation, the 80 million tech-savvy Americans born between 1977 and 1997.

The panel discussion is free of charge and is open to the public.  No reservations are required, so head over after work to Loft Works in midtown [1667 E. 40th street, Suite B1]Midtown from 6-8:30PM.

For more information, please contact Charmaine Pope, Co-chair, Why Stay Executive Committee, at 216.200.2761. 
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If you have been curious about the Occupy the Hood movement, you might want to head over to The Audacity of H.O.P.E. Foundation tomorrow. Topics being addressed include firsthand reports from homeowners victimized by fraudulent foreclosures, and how to fight back against them.

The program will start at 6PM at 11239 Superior Ave in the Glenville area just north of University Circle.

No charge, no reservations, all are welcome. Contact Natalie Fitten of Occupy the Hood Cleveland [216.383.4873] or Griot Y-Von

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The Cleveland Council of Black Colleges Alumni Association and the Metropolitan Cleveland Alliance of Black School Educators (Metro  CABSE) are sponsoring their annual Historically Black College & University College Fair.

The event will take place this Saturday from 8:30AM until 12:30PM on the main campus of The Word Church South MultiPlex in southeast Cleveland. Contact:
 Mary Rice [216.932.4639 • 216.570.1200 • ]

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The Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership is looking for an executive director.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the operations and management of the community action agency. The preferred candidate will have a master’s degree in nonprofit management or public administration, together with a minimum of five years experience in a nonprofit executive leadership position.

For more information contact The Prout Group  [1111 Superior Ave., Cleveland OH 44114 • 216-771-2260].

Send your Nonprofit Thursday info to:

Deadline for consideration is Fridays at 3pm.
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