Paterson Alliance


301 Main Street
Paterson, NJ 07505
County: Passaic


Ms. Inge Spungen

Grant Amount


Program Area

Technical Assistance


Grant Details

For skill-building programming geared for mid-level management staff of local non-profit, service agencies in the city of Paterson.

Organization Background

Paterson Alliance advances the quality of life in the city of Paterson through the creation of community partnerships and collaborations.

The Paterson Alliance was founded in 1998 by 5 nonprofit organizations. Each founding organization came together realizing that barriers of distrust and competition between organizations had to be eliminated if the nonprofit groups were going to have a comprehensive effect on the City of Paterson. This founding group worked together to publicize their goal of creating an environment of cooperation and collaboration within the nonprofit sector of Paterson.

Today, seventeen years later, the Paterson Alliance has grown to 80 members and provides an opportunity for members to network and maintain a constant understanding of each others organization and their work in the community. More importantly, the Paterson Alliance works with its members to deliberately focus on ways they can collaborate and leverage resources from each organization. Through this approach, the Paterson Alliance works to help build the infrastructure of the nonprofit community. The Alliance plays a leadership role, identifying and addressing critical issues that impact the Paterson community and its service providers. These efforts include assessing gaps in the service delivery system and facilitating collaborations to address them among local partners. The Alliance has successfully facilitated collaborations with our members, creating several programs that have aided us in furthering our mission.

The Paterson Alliance currently has a Part-Time Executive Director, Inge Spungun, who has responsibility for the organization's day to day operations. Ms. Spungen, a graduate of Oregon State University, holds a CPA and a certificate from the NonProfit Executive Leaders Program of Rutgers Business School. Currently, she is the part-time Project Manager for the Passaic County Council for Young Children for the United Way of Passaic County. In 2014, the Paterson Alliance also added a PT Program assistant, Ms. Philomese Laguerre. She has her BA from Kean University and her Masters In Public Administration for Kean University.

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