Serving the Organizational and Infrastructure Capacity Building Needs
of the Nonprofit Community in Lackawanna County

APPLY TODAY for the Strategic Planning Cohort!

Scranton Area Community Foundation’s Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence invites you to apply for our last capacity building workshop of 2019:

Strategic Planning Cohort Workshop
Friday, October 18th AND Friday, November 15th
9:00 am – 4:00pm
Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple
2nd Floor Ladies Parlor

(420 North Washington Ave., Scranton)


Facilitated by Frank Abdale, the Strategic Planning Cohort Workshop will provide training and support to nonprofit board members, executives, and leaders who are interested in developing a relevant, modern, and effective strategic plan. This is a continuation of the session offered at the 2019 NEPA Learning Conference, though attendance at that session is NOT required to apply for this training. The second day of training on November 15th will build off of the first training on October 18th. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to have their draft strategic plans reviewed by presenter Frank Abdale.

Space is limited. Registration includes breakfast and lunch.
Applications will be accepted until Friday, October 11, 2019. 

This training is being offered free of charge, through support from the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence and Moses Taylor Foundation.

About the Facilitator
Frank Abdale is the Founder and Chief Consultant of Abdale Consulting, LLC. He is a proven strategist, facilitator and advisor with nearly 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He is a BoardSource™ Certified Governance Trainer, a Senior Associate Consultant with the Support Center for Nonprofit Management and a board member at Association of Nonprofit Specialists, a premier resource for consultants working in the nonprofit sector.

Frank has designed and facilitated numerous strategic planning, succession planning and board development initiatives as well as board and staff retreats; a variety of workshops and webinars; national conferences; city-wide town halls; funder convenings; and congressional briefings. Frank is known for his ability to design meaningful agendas, draw out the best thinking of all meeting participants; build consensus out of disparate points of view and keep meetings and projects on time and on track. The former executive director of the Association of Nutrition Services Agencies, Frank transformed a small association into a nationally recognized force. He expanded and diversified the agency’s funding base, built an effective grassroots and national advocacy program, wrote legislation introduced into the House and Senate and launched an international program focused on nutrition and HIV/AIDS in South Africa and Namibia. His publications include Practical Abundance: A Comprehensive Guide to Fundraising and Development for Nonprofits which he used as the text for “Fundraising Concepts and Practices”, a course he co-taught at NYU’s School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies.

Questions about the Strategic Planning Cohort? Please contact the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s Director of Admissions and Projects, Maggie Martinelli, at

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