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Apr162015

Scholarship: Workshop in Designing & Funding Nonprofit Projects

The Center for Sustainable Development provides nonprofit training in designing projects and programs that can be funded, be well-managed once funded, and exceed the intended impact.
 
We're planning a week-long training workshop in Claremont—and we're looking for a nonprofit in the Claremont area to partner with. Partnering with local nonprofits in different cities helps us simplify logistics and provides a much richer participant experience as well.
 
The local partner gets one full scholarship to the training program.
 
Great Project Design + Extra Funding = Increased Services
This training program will lead you in developing a winning, impact oriented project/program to help you:
  • increase funding for your program services
  • design impact and sustainability into your project
  • boost project successes using evidence-based techniques
  • engage donors with improved communications
You can use this program for one of three purposes:
  1. A New Project. Design a fundable, sustainable, impact oriented project/program from scratch.
  2. For Pre-launch. Fine-tune a project you are about to launch to increase its manageability, its impact, and its sustainability.
  3. For Projects in process. Fine-tune a project in process to solve challenges  the project may have developed.
We're hoping to find a partner who can help us:
  • host a 2 to 3 hour participatory needs assessment with 10 to 12 members of their community
  • help us find a meeting space
  • help us with a projector, a printer, and a newsprint easel
In exchange, we will:
  • provide a space in the workshop for one of your team members at no cost
  • work side-by-side with you for a week professionally developing a project or program chosen by your organization
  • facilitate your finishing the program with a professionally packaged project ready to seek funding
What kind of community participation are we looking for? Nonprofits tend to work with different kinds of communities: they could be your donor community, members of your town, volunteers, or the clients that your nonprofit serves. A very simple example could be a community garden where the community members are the gardeners themselves.
 
Why a participatory needs assessment? There are several excellent reasons. Here are some examples.
  • If you could find out from members of your donor community what their needs are in their donation decision-making process, you could use this information to ramp up funding.
  • In a community garden program (or food bank, shelter, crisis clinic, mother and child care, youth or community development program) you might discover that participants are facing challenges that you weren't aware of—but that are solvable.
  • Community members, once having felt that they've been heard, begin to develop ownership in projects and programs which can lead to long term sustainability.
  • Clearly defining community need can lead to better choices in choosing solution oriented activities—leading to greater project impact. A well designed project or program will also capture donor attention.
I'm originally from Claremont and will be returning for a visit in a few weeks. If you are interested in exploring this partnership opportunity, just send me an email and we can discuss it on the telephone. We can then meet in May when I'm in town.

What kind of workshop? We select a workshop format based upon participant need; your input will help us with this process. Here is one of our options: a two-month blended training program that would include five days in the Claremont area: Click here to learn more about the OL 240 Blended Training Program, see course syllabi, and hear course participants' thoughts about their experience.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Tim Magee, Executive Director
 
Tim Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation published by Routledge, Oxford, England.
 
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