Friends and Supporters

When local leaders work together to build nonprofit governance in their communities, amazing things happen.

Strong and vibrant nonprofit leadership starts with the community.

BoardStrong applies a unique model to support better nonprofit governance practices. We work to build hardworking coalitions of regional funders, United Ways, chambers of commerce, higher education, and businesses who collaborate to foster a vibrant board recruitment culture in their communities. These organizations are often already working on their own board recruitment initiatives – we just bring them together and use the BoardStrong platform as a way to unify their efforts and measure their progress on a local and regional scale.

We believe that everyone has a role to play in supporting the wellbeing of our cities and neighborhoods. Nonprofit board service is an amazing way for community members to give their time, talent and resources to support the greater good. Citizens often aren’t aware of board leadership opportunities, or if they are, don’t see themselves as “board material.” However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The more our community leaders raise awareness of the importance, and benefits, of board service, the more talented, dedicated and diverse candidates we will see lining up to dedicate their time and energy to a cause they believe in.

We are incredibly grateful to our friends and supporters for their continued enthusiasm for BoardStrong’s mission.

    Our Funders

    AEO Foundation
    Altman Foundation
    Central New York Community Foundation

    Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo
    Council Services Plus
    First Nonprofit Foundation
    Mass Mutual
    New York Community Trust
    United Way of Greater Rochester

    Regional Advisory Councils

    Western New York

    Althea E. Luehrsen, Chair
    CEO, Leadership Buffalo

    Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker
    Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

    Rachael Herrmann
    Learning & Development Consultant, Rich Products

    Carolyn Human
    Public Relations & Media Relations

    Alicia Dziak
    Communications Content Manager
    Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

    Patricia Johnson
    CPA, CFE, Adjunct Faculty/Consultant

    Jennifer Pauly
    President, Niagara River Region

    Jennifer Swan
    Executive Director, Arts Services Initiative of WNY

    Lynn Waclawek
    Assistant Vice President, M&T Bank

    Michael Weiner
    President & CEO, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County

    Liz Zulawski
    President & CEO, Leadership Niagara

    Katie Pieri
    Director of the WNY Nonprofit Support Group

    Darnell K. Haywood
    Community Responsibility Officer

    Devon Bradley
    Arts Services Initiative of WNY

    Central New York

    Nancy Eaton, Chair
    President, United Way of Central New York, Inc.

    Rob Simpson
    President & CEO, CenterState

    Peter Dunn
    President & Ceo, Central New York Community Foundation

    Frank Ridzi
    VP, Central New York Community Foundation

    Jonathan Snow
    President, John Ben Snow Foundation

    Robert Falter
    Trustee, Dorothy & Marshall M. Reisman Foundation

    Karen Goetz
    Executive Director, Richard S. Shineman Foundation

    Pam Brunet
    Executive Director, Leadership Greater Syracuse

    Lisa Mondello
    VP of HR & Communications, SRC

    Karen Macier
    Executive Director, United Way of Cayuga County

    Jessica Wrench
    Education and Resource Coordinator, Leadership Cayuga

    Denise Laube
    Executive Director, United Way of Madison County

    Patrick Dewine
    Executive Director, United Way of Oswego County

    Christella Yonta
    Executive Director, United Way of Cortland

    Hudson Valley

    Jennifer Killian, Chair
    Program Officer, Dyson Foundation

    Addrain Conyers
    Director for Academic Diversity and Inclusion, Marist College

    Sally Cross
    President & CEO, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley

    Tom Gabriel
    President & CEO, United Way Westchester-Putnam

    Freddy Garcia
    Program Director, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress – The Board Institute

    Jeanette Gisbert
    Executive Director, Volunteer New York

    Nancy Heaton
    CEO, Foundation for Community Health

    Julie Krieger
    Administrative VP, M&T Bank

    Robin Melen
    Program Officer, Westchester Community Foundation

    Gabriella Quintanilla
    Hudson Valley Program Coordinator, North Star Fund

    Julie Sadowski
    Executive Director, Rockland Community Foundation