Strengthening Nonprofits

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Nonprofits need certain capacities to be able to meet their missions, including strong leadership, financial management, technology, fund development and communications. Providing funding to help organizations invest in these vital building blocks creates a strong operational infrastructure that builds efficiencies, improves program delivery and increases overall impact.

Building capacity in the nonprofit sector is more important than ever, as we continue to see need rise in our communities.

  • 95% of nonprofits in Connecticut report that demand for services has increased in the last five years
  • 40% of nonprofits state that demand has increased by more than 15%
  • 73% of nonprofit executives feel they do not have the resources they need to develop their own leadership

Our approach focuses on:

  • Funding key capacity building and organizational development initiatives that lead to stronger, more adaptable organizations.
  • Empowering nonprofits to seek assistance that they deem to be the right fit and culturally-competent for the organization
  • Prioritizing organizations who are addressing disparities within our communities
  • Rejecting “readiness” myths which often further inequities in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector

Efforts we support include:

  • Training and professional development opportunities to help staff or board build skills
  • One-on-one coaching support with an expert in the field or professional consultant
  • Organizational development projects including strategic planning, financial management systems, evaluation, fundraising, programming or communications.
  • Work that increases the inclusive representation of BIPOC individuals in leadership positions on boards and nonprofit staff
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Strengthening Nonprofits grant proposals are accepted once annually.

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Patrick McKenna
For more information, please contact:
Patrick McKenna, Program Officer,
pmckenna@conncf.org | 203.753.1315, x118