Grant Will Help Nonprofit Organizations Improve Efficiency and Effectiveness

Albany, N.Y. (Aug. 20, 2007) – The State Department of Health has awarded the Council of Community Services of New York State $167,650 per year for up to five years to support training for board members of nonprofits that receive State funding.

The Council of Community Services of New York State is based in Albany, with regional offices in New York City, Poughkeepsie, Oneonta and Buffalo.

The grant was awarded by the State Health Department as lead agency of the State Board Training Consortium, which also includes the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the Office of Mental Health, and the Office of Children and Family Services.

The training initiative will cover legal obligations; fiscal accountability; human resource issues; quality assurance responsibilities; strategic planning; recruiting, developing, and maintaining a motivated board of directors; the board's role in working with staff leadership; board members as ethical leaders and decision makers; and independent audits.

"This training initiative is designed to ensure that board members of state-funded nonprofits fully understand their legal and ethical responsibilities," said State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D.

Gladys Carrión, Commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services, noted that community-based nonprofit organizations are integral to New York's human services delivery system. "Board members of these organizations should be commended for their important contributions to the community," she said.

Information about the training schedule will be available later this year on the Health Department's Web site at