The Nonprofit Partnership is a membership-based organization that provides education, training, and tools to strengthen nonprofit agencies. Our mission is to enhance the management and governance of regional nonprofit organizations through capacity-building programs and services. Services we offer include the following:
The purpose of The Nonprofit Partnership’s grantmaking in the area of nonprofit capacity-building is to offer timely, effective, professional assistance to local organizations as they seek to build their organizational capacity and address the critical issues of quality and effectiveness. Grants in this arena typically range from $5,000 - $10,000 and focus on the following capacity-building dimensions:
1. Mission, Vision, and Strategy
2. Leadership and Board Development
3. Strategic Relationships and Alliances
4. Internal Operations and Capacities
5. Website Development
Service grants in the form of communications makeovers focusing on website enhancements, online communication tools, and annual reports are also offered to develop the marketing capacity of member nonprofit organizations, and short, story-based, campaign-oriented videos help members capture and disseminate their compelling messages coupled with calls to action that generate results.
Education and Training
A cornerstone of The Nonprofit Partnership’s annual menu of offerings to members, open-enrollment education and training sessions feature a variety of experts on management, governance, fundraising, accountability, and marketing who present topics in a variety of formats and venues to build members’ skills and capacities to run effective, high-quality organizations. These education and training activities are at the heart of the partnership’s mission because they are the primary vehicles for the transmission of information and the building of skills that are used by member agencies each year. Our offerings include:
• Two hour morning workshops based on high-interest, in-demand topics.
• Full-day Learning Circles like The Story Project where nonprofit leaders work in teams to capture and record the emotionally leaden stories at the root of their transformational work.
• Northwest Pennsylvania Nonprofit Day Conference
• Partnership education programs involving content experts that assist nonprofits with skill development in specific mission-critical areas.
A monthly electronic newsletter and regular communication alerts provide a range of resources in the online channel for member agencies about issues in the nonprofit sector, training and development opportunities, available resources, goods and services, discounts, and more.
Board, Leadership, and Organizational Development Activities
In collaboration with the United Way of Erie County, The Nonprofit Partnership runs Project Blueprint, a program that recruits and trains a diverse set of leaders for volunteer and Board service with nonprofits in Erie County. Participants are recruited from neighborhoods and businesses throughout Erie and attend leadership development and community awareness training led by leaders from the various sectors of civic life to prepare them for service opportunities in the larger community.
Consultants from The Nonprofit Partnership are available to plan and facilitate Executive leadership development sessions, Board retreats, strategic planning sessions, focus groups, advocacy training, and other types of training pursued by organizations to increase their effectiveness.
The Nonprofit Partnership can also be instrumental in helping nonprofits access Pro Bono legal and accounting services on a case-by-case basis. In collaboration with the Erie Community Foundation, The Nonprofit Partnership sponsors an annual competition for the Charles H. Bracken Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Governance, given to a nominated local organization that best exemplifies fidelity to governance best practices in the nonprofit sector.