How one great collaboration can lead to another…
To begin at the beginning:
There was Nonprofits TALK—a monthly workshop for Hudson Valley nonprofit professionals. For more than 3 years, NPT facilitated lively conversations and effective collaborations.
Then a mega-collaboration began with Nonprofits TALK + the Support Center exploring what’s needed to strategically strengthen nonprofit organizations in the Hudson Valley. Susan Ragusa, NPT founder, and Tonia Papke, Support Center Leadership Council member and founder of MDI Consulting, were primary creators and organizers of this new initiative.
Stronger Together kicked off in late January 2020 with a wildly successfully event that identified needs and available resources in key areas of nonprofit management and leadership in the Hudson Valley. Off to a promising start!
And then … pandemic. Stronger Together went on hold.
Still, the need for nonprofit resources and expertise didn’t go away. If anything, it got bigger.
By spring of 2021, Susan and Tonia were again debating how to realize the Stronger Together vision of a collaborative source of expertise for nonprofits. Was the time right for a network of nonprofit consultants in the Hudson Valley to meet those resource needs?
They reached out to colleagues with an invitation to convene. An interested and experienced group of consultants responded. In June 2021, Hudson Valley Nonprofit Consultants launched.