Member Benefits

Networking with Peers

When surveyed about what they value most in their COAE membership, the most common response is "the networking."  No one understands the challenges of a CEO like another CEO.  The Council offers access to peers in other fields of service or business, of varying tenure lengths, leading a wide range of agency types and sizes.   Whatever the issue, one of our members has experience with it. 

Council Meetings

Council meetings are generally the second Thursday of the month, alternating between breakfast and noon,  September through May and held at the Red Cross.  The first 15 minutes are for informal networking, followed by a program featuring a community leader or expert regarding issues of the day.  There is always time for questions and comments. Members are encouraged to recommend program topics and speakers.

Membership with the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON)

The Council maintains an Association Membership in the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON);  therefore all members of the Council are automatically NYCON members.  NYCON offers a wide range of services including price discounts at select vendors, management services, training and consulting services. For more information about NYCON, visit their web site at

Member Directory

A Member Directory is available on the website and regularly updated.  It contains the contact information for each Council member.  Members are encouraged to tap into each other’s knowledge and experience.

Best Practices Promotion

The Council promotes continuous improvement as a process and a style of management. Toward this end, COAE encourages each member to conduct a comprehensive self-assessment to identify opportunities for improvement in his/her agency.  The Council uses a self-assessment tool adapted from the Council on Accreditation Standards.

Day of Quality and Rapid Cycle Process Improvement Initiative

The Council is one of several partners of the Greater Rochester Quality Council, Their trained volunteer coaches guide organizations through a very specific, data-driven process that identifies efficiencies. 

Affinity Networking Groups

Special Interest Groups for members and staff are an added benefit of membership. 

  • Smaller Organizations
  • Newer Executive Directors
  • HR Group
  • CFO Group
  • COO Group
  • Compliance Officers