Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership and partners to train next generation of nonprofit leaders

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Victoria Foundation and Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership to partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Creative Leadership to enhance pipeline of nonprofit executives. Greater Newark region is one of eight to participate in Fellowship Program to prepare next generation of nonprofit leaders

Newark, NJ–Victoria Foundation and the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School have been selected to collaborate with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) to implement a national fellowship program in the Greater Newark region that will help train the next generation of community health leaders. The RWJF Ladder to Leadership program aims to boost the skills and capabilities of early- to mid-level professionals working in health and community-related nonprofit organizations, positioning them to lead organizations as many nonprofit leaders retire.

Over the next six months, RWJF, CCL, and the national advisory committee of the Ladder to Leadership program will select up to 30 fellows who work in Greater Newark to take part in the 16-month leadership curriculum. Fellows will participate in face-to-face training sessions, individualized executive coaching, and team project work.

“There are many critical nonprofit organizations in Newark and its environs that will undergo a leadership transition over the next several years. This program will offer excellent training to the emerging leaders in our community,” said Irene Cooper-Basch, Executive Officer of Victoria Foundation. “Not only will this experience enhance their professional growth, but it will build a network of skilled nonprofit professionals who can work together to solve authentic problems.”

James Abruzzo, co-founder of Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership, said, “We are pleased to expand our partnership with Victoria Foundation and begin work in collaboration with CCL and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation to support and train emerging leaders in the Newark area, We will be specifically focusing on management skill building after the fellows have completed their leadership development with CCL.”

The nonprofit sector, like many industries and sectors, is facing an impending exodus of senior leaders who plan to retire in the coming years. A study by the Bridgespan Group estimated that by 2016, nonprofit groups will need approximately 80,000 new senior managers each year. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there were 1.4 million nonprofit organizations in the United States in 2006.

“Nonprofit organizations are a critical part of health care and service delivery in this country. It is important we work with current leaders to build a pipeline of qualified future CEOs and executive directors, so we do not lose the vision and capacity needed to continue to do this work effectively in the future,” said Sallie Petrucci George, M.P.H., program officer at RWJF. “We are committed to investing in tomorrow’s nonprofit leaders to make sure they receive the training they need to best serve those at-risk communities. It’s a particular pleasure to help develop these leaders in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s ‘home state’ of New Jersey.”

The Greater Newark region was one of eight sites selected across the country to participate in the program. It was chosen because of the unique health and community needs of Newark, Irvington, East Orange, Orange, Elizabeth, and Hillside. Other criteria included census and demographic information, community-based needs for public health leadership development, and commitment of local community partners.

“We believe this program will have a powerful and lasting impact on individual leaders and their organizations,” said Karen Dyer, director of CCL’s Education and Nonprofit Sector. “By design, the program encourages fellows to apply new skills and innovative solutions to problems in their communities as these skills are learned. So they are giving back to the community as they go.”

To become a fellow, applicants must demonstrate a record of accomplishment within the nonprofit sector, potential for leadership in the nonprofit health and community arenas, and a proven commitment to serving at-risk groups. To learn more about who is eligible and how to apply, visit:


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years, the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit

The Center for Creative Leadership is a top-ranked, global provider of executive education that develops better leaders through its exclusive focus on leadership education and research. Founded in 1970 as a nonprofit, educational institution, CCL helps clients worldwide cultivate creative leadership—the capacity to achieve more than imagined by thinking and acting beyond boundaries—through an array of programs, products and other services. Ranked among the world’s top providers of executive education by BusinessWeek and the Financial Times, CCL is headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., with campuses in Colorado Springs, C.O.; San Diego, C.A.; Brussels, Belgium; and Singapore. Its work is supported by more than 500 faculty members and staff.

Victoria Foundation is a New Jersey-based private grantmaking institution, which was founded in 1924 by Mr. Hendon Chubb to honor his mother, Victoria Eddis Chubb. The Foundation has awarded over $225 million in grants, focusing its giving over the past 50 years to ameliorate the suffering of children and families living in poverty in Newark, New Jersey. For more information, visit

The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School, which now encompasses the Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership, works with business and government entities, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, and within the University to provide leaders and future leaders with the education, training and critical-thinking tools needed to become more effective leaders and managers and make ethical decisions for real-world challenges. For more information, visit

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