Our ResultsThe Partnership transforms nonprofit leaders - increasing their knowledge, skills and confidence - and it increases the effectiveness and sustainability of their organizations. In our survey of executive directors of partner organizations:
|reported that the partership made their organizations more stable, efficient and effective.|
|expressed increased confidence in leading their organizations and greater ability to create collaborative settings to fulfill their missions.|
|declared increased ability to gather and report on data to evaluate their programs and secure additional funding.|
What We Look For
Who is Eligible to Apply?
To be considered for a Partnership, organizations must have:
- a current tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
- a mission or at least one program that addresses specific and demonstrable needs of children and/or youth (ages 0– 24) who are living in poverty;
- provided services and been in operation for a year or more;
- at least four areas of capacity building needs in which improvements would increase their ability to serve local children and youth living in poverty;
- a full-time (40 hours per week) Executive Director (paid or unpaid) and a Board of Directors made up of at least three members, with a designated Chairperson;
- an Executive Director who has held the position for at least 6 months prior to the application deadline;
- the full commitment of the Executive Director and the Board Chair to meeting the participation requirements of the Partnership (see section below).
Organizations that are local affiliates or chapters of national nonprofits must meet the requirements above AND:
- Be locally focused, embedded in the community, and have the flexibility to tailor their program(s) to meet local needs and context;
Have locally-focused boards that are responsible for supporting their work in DC;
- Have sufficient staff and resources to deliver their DC program(s).
The following two factors are priority considerations for the Partnership, but organizations that do not meet these criteria are still eligible and are strongly encouraged to apply:
- At least 50% of the children and/or youth the organization serves are DC residents who are living in poverty;
- The organization has committed funding or resources sufficient to support its operations and programs for one year.
Participation RequirementsThe Partnership is intensive, deeply rewarding, and demanding. Partners work with us to complete comprehensive organizational and self-assessments at the start of the Partnership year and create a work plan. Partners are expected to commit 8 hours a week to making progress toward the work plan goals and to engage their boards and staff, when needed, in activities related to organizational strengthening. The 8 hour commitment includes meeting weekly with a Fair Chance Capacity Building Specialist. Partners are expected to attend partner and Alumni Network events, participate in the Fair Chance Network's online community of Executive Directors and support our outreach and evaluation efforts with data as needed. Both the Executive Director and the Board Chair are expected to attend an orientation session at the beginning of the Partnership and a graduation ceremony at the end of the Partnership.
Applications are due by January 9, 2017 at 11:59 PM. If you have any questions, please contact us at Applications@fairchancedc.org.