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piece of the initiative that is already operational is the Nonprofit
Support Program. Additionally, the United Way’s new CapeCorps
Volunteer Center would be a partner providing volunteer manpower and
expertise to improve nonprofit operations. Another component of
the CINA would be the introduction of a management support organization
(MSO) to identify areas of management integration and
collaboration. In turn, these efforts might result in joint
purchasing agreements and pooled service contracts, which would allow
the nonprofits to obtain high-quality goods and services for less money
than they could obtain on their own as individual organizations.
The nonprofit sector is a viable
industry on Cape Cod with over 1,000 nonprofit organizations. The
nonprofit sector provides necessary health and human services and
educational and economic development services, as well as environmental
and cultural benefits to Cape Cod. The Cape & Islands
Nonprofit Alliance will provide organizational development assistance to
the nonprofit sector, which will enable it to serve the Cape Cod
community more effectively.
Organizational management needs of
the nonprofit sector have been determined through direct-mail surveys (one
such survey was done in 2001), feedback from workshop participants,
Executive Directors' Roundtable discussions, and informal conversations
with nonprofit representatives. The existing Executive Directors'
Roundtable will act as an advisory committee for the creation of the
Cape & Islands Nonprofit Alliance, helping to establish priority
areas and promoting the idea of such an alliance within the nonprofit
sector and the community at large. The Foundation, the Center for
Sustainability, and the United Way will co-chair an advisory group of
participants in the Executive Directors’ Roundtable.
The Nonprofit Support Program
Foundation's Nonprofit Support Program will be the centerpiece for
establishing the Cape & Islands Nonprofit Alliance because this
program is already known to many Cape organizations. The goal of the
Nonprofit Support Program is to enhance the capacity of nonprofit
organizations to strategically identify, secure, utilize,
and effectively manage on- and off-Cape resources to meet the needs
of Cape Cod and the Islands. Over the past six years, the
Foundation has worked to coordinate a regional program to help nonprofit
leaders manage their limited resources more effectively and creatively.
During that time, the Foundation has worked with Cape Cod Healthcare, the Cape and Islands
United Way, the Barnstable County Department of Human Services, the Tech
Foundation, and others to provide training and assistance in areas
significant to their operations.
The Foundation will continue to take
the lead to further develop and expand training and technical assistance
to the nonprofit sector by offering the following services:
workshops on topics based on the needs of nonprofits such as strategic
management, program planning and design, program evaluation, and grant
assessment tools for evaluating the operations and capacity of
nonprofit groups and determining their readiness for capacity-building
grants and technical assistance (copy sent to EDC in 2002).
grants, designed to support the organizational development of nonprofit
organizations (or coalition of organizations).
Directors’ and Development Directors’ Quarterly Roundtable
meetings for networking, information sharing, and speakers on timely
organizational development subjects.
technical assistance and guidance in strategic planning, program
planning and design, and grant writing as well as in other broad
such as the nonprofit consultant directory to help nonprofits in
identifying appropriate consulting assistance and the nonprofit
resource library at Cape Cod Community College.
- Partnership with Cape Cod Online to
a Web site for local Cape Cod nonprofit agencies. Groups have
their own Web page on the site and can post calendar events and
year, the Foundation will expand the support for the capacity-building
grants initiative to nonprofit organizations.
As is the case with many foundations, the Community Foundation of
Cape Cod offers mostly program-related grants through its general and
initiative grant-making programs. Although
staff members often see that a grant for some specific
organizational management issue could benefit an entire organization
through improved efficiencies, such proposals fall outside of our
guideline criteria. However,
with EDC assistance the Nonprofit Support Program will create a
pool of funding earmarked for organizational development and
capacity-building activities to enhance the skills of staff and board
members of nonprofits. This support will better position these
organizations to attract, manage, and retain outside funding, thereby
improving sustainability in the nonprofit sector.
Prior to applying for a capacity-building grant or for technical
assistance, an independent consultant will conduct the Capacity Building
Organizational Assessment Tool with the applicant to evaluate
the existing capacity of the organization and its readiness for the
specified assistance. Issues
that the assessment might reveal include an unclear mission and/or
programming that does not reflect the mission of the organization; lack of
board governance; and/or lack of financial accountability.
Results from the assessment
will be a major factor in determining grant and assistance awards.