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Register for Monday’s Center Training: “What’s Governance Got to Do With it?”


The Center for Community Leadership & Nonprofit Excellence invites you to attend:
“What’s Governance Got to Do With It?”
The Critical Separation of Governance and Management
Monday, June 24, 2024
5:30 – 7:30 PM
at Urban Co-Works

116 N Washington Ave, 3rd Floor, Scranton
Cost: $15 (dinner included)

Presented by: Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO & Maggie Martinelli Scranton Area Community Foundation Chief Operating Officer

Sometimes the terms governance and management are used interchangeably but often they have very different and separate roles within an organization. This workshop will explore the definitions and critical differences of these terms, and will roleplay how these functions operate within a nonprofit organization. Attendees will come away with tools for how to implement changes to hold these functions up separately.
This session is perfect for:
-Current board members
-Incoming board members
-Nonprofit leadership
Register now at the link below:
Register Here
About The Presenters

LAURA DUCCESCHI is President and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation.
In her role, which she has held since 2012, she manages over 360 charitable funds and four separate private foundations, which exceed $100 million.  Under her leadership, the Foundation has grown by $70 million in managed charitable assets. Laura helps to guide the philanthropic initiatives of those in our community and oversees grant funding which, through the years, has provided over $30 million to support charitable causes in the Northeastern PA region.
Under her leadership, the Foundation was three times reaccredited at the highest standards for excellence in Community Foundations from the Council on Foundations. Laura has an MBA in Organizational Management from Drexel University’s Lebow College of Business; an MA in Communication from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania; and a BA in Communication from the University of Scranton, where she graduated summa cum laude.

She completed her Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) certification from the American College of Financial Services and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). Laura has Certificates in Change Management from Cornell University, Design Thinking from Harvard University,  Nonprofit Board Governance Consulting from BoardSource, and Executive Presence and Leadership from the Wharton School of Business.  She is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and was the 2023 ATHENA award recipient from the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Civic and Economic Advisory Council at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Geisinger Advisory Board, and is a trustee for the Schwartz-Mack Foundation. Ducceschi has also contributed to reports and publications aimed at understanding how equitable economic impact is best achieved in small to medium sized cities.

In her spare time, Laura loves to read, travel, and is passionate about animal rescue and rehabilitation.

MAGGIE MARTINELLI serves as the Chief Operating Officer at the Scranton Area Community Foundation. Since 2016, Maggie has helped to establish nearly 150 charitable funds and to process over $22 million in grants and scholarships. She oversees many of the Foundation’s community initiatives, including capacity support for nonprofit organizations and a program to support women, girls, and their families called Women in Philanthropy.
In her volunteer work, Maggie has served on the boards for six organizations, including serving as the President of the Junior League of Scranton and Cinderella’s Closet of NEPA. She has been recognized on the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal’s Top 20 Under 40 and has received a number of Junior League awards including the Mary Harriman Award, the Margaret L. Richards Award, and Association of Junior League International’s Rising Star Award.

She lives in Glenburn with her husband Eric, her mother Donna, and her puppies Rosie and Pippa.
eCornell Opportunities!
More Space Available in Capacity-Building Courses & Certificates Through eCornell
In response to the high demand, we have opened a second registration round for eCornell courses and certificates for nonprofit professionals!The Center for Community Leadership & Nonprofit Excellence continues to meet the capacity-building needs of nonprofit and civic organizations in Northeastern Pennsylvania in innovative ways that help you meet your critical missions.
Through a partnership between the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s Center for Community Leadership & Nonprofit Excellence and eCornell, current and emerging nonprofit and civic sector leaders can take courses or earn one of 215+ certificates from Cornell University at a heavily discounted rate.

Through our online grant management portal, individuals may easily apply for courses available through this partnership between the Center for Community Leadership Nonprofit Excellence and eCornell.
Learn more and apply for courses
A special thank you to the Moses Taylor Foundation for their support of the Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence.
Question about the Center training programs? Contact Amy Betts, Community Impact Manager, at