Service Areas

Our capacity building services include:

Financial Management and Analysis
Small community-based nonprofits are often crunched for time and money. Fair Chance teaches organizations how to create and implement smart financial planning practices, beginning with financial tracking tools and internal controls. We work one-on-one with groups to establish sound budgeting procedures and craft financial policies and procedures manuals.

Program Evaluation and Monitoring
Fair Chance works to help our partners determine the impact of their organization on their community by helping programs define and measure success, establish systems to collect and analyze essential program data, and communicate evaluations to key funders and stakeholders. We also conduct formal program evaluations with the creation and issuance of an evaluation report if appropriate.

Strategic Planning
Every organization needs a shared vision for success and a roadmap for achieving its goals. Fair Chance helps organizations develop and fine tune plans for long-term sustainability and success, craft initiatives to promote ownership among key stakeholders, and implement tracking tools to measure progress. Working together, we infuse the business expertise that organizations need to establish real world priorities and develop time phased action agendas.

Board Development
Whether a board is new, seasoned, or somewhere in between, Fair Chance coaches organizations on how to use their boards more effectively, including: guidance on new member recruitment, training and comprehensive tools for member self-assessment, roles and responsibilities training, revamping board manuals and policies and planning and facilitating board retreats.

Leadership Development
An organization's most powerful and important asset is its staff- and good leaders know this. Fair Chance works alongside organizational leadership to help them recruit and retain qualified staff, empower board members and volunteers, and plan for a new generation of leadership. We work with leaders to increase their confidence, foster more constructive working relationships with their board, access a peer network of leaders through other Fair Chance partners, and develop strategies for major transitions and organizational changes.

Communications and Outreach
Every organization has a story to tell. Through effective communication and public relations strategies, Fair Chance gives our partners the tools they need to tell their story, and make people listen for years to come. We help organizations create comprehensive communication plans and craft strategy behind targeted communications tools like websites, brochures, and newsletters.

Human Resources
Well functioning, legally compliant nonprofits are an invaluable long-term asset to a community, impacting generations of children. Fair Chance provides services to safeguard organizations' nonprofit status, enhance their ability to receive contributions, and ensure credibility and legitimacy. We also support organizations as they develop internal staff structures such as employee guidelines, policies and procedures, and supervisory practices and systems.

Every nonprofit organization has different needs and strengths when it comes to fundraising and development. Fair Chance works with our partners to identify new funding sources, build fundraising strategies, write more effective grant proposals, encourage greater participation by the board, and develop long range plans to diversify funding.