Ozarks Empowerment Project
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks recognizes that non-profit agencies, school partners and our network of regional affiliates are the impetus for much of the good and important work that happens in our region.
These groups enhance the quality of our lives, provide needed services and grants to the less fortunate, and offer myriad programs and opportunities that improve our communities.
Yet, we know both our non-profit and affiliate partners struggle with resource development, training and capacity for growth. We hear again and again that our agency partners and affiliates would like training for staff and volunteers, board and resource development skills, and new tools to increase their capacity for community building and the philanthropic causes they embrace.
In response, the CFO is in its second year of the Ozarks Empowerment Project, a series of initiatives to build stronger agencies and stronger communities across the Ozarks.
The Learning Community
This program will offer intensive training and customized technical assistance to 10 non-profit partners over a 10-month period. The CFO has retained Tiffany Applegate of Applegate Consulting to provide this capacity-development program, which includes an organizational needs assessment; four one-day group workshops; and onsite, one-on-one coaching sessions.
Who: CFO non-profit agency partners
When: The 10 agencies have been selected for the 2012-13 cohort.
Contact: Bridget Dierks by e-mail or at 417-864-6199
(Applications closed for 2012-13 program.)
Center for Non-Profit Communications
The CFO is partnering with Drury University to offer the region’s first Master’s degree level training in non-profit marketing, public relations and communications to achieve strategic goals. Students from this program also are available to work with non-profits on community projects.
When: Opened in June 2011
Contact: Dan Prater, director, 417-873-7443, or at email@example.com
Scholarships for training programs
The CFO will provide scholarships for non-profit staff members and volunteer board leaders for leadership programs including:
–GO-LEAD: Professional development for non-profits at Missouri State University
–GOLD: The Greater Ozarks Leadership Development for regional leaders offered by Missouri State
–Facing Racism Institute: Two-day sessions on challenging bias in our communities, co-sponsored by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
Who: Non-profit, school staff members; affiliate board volunteers
When: Throughout 2012-13
How: Applications available
GO-LEAD and Facing Racism: Bridget Dierks, 417-864-6199
GOLD: Winter Skelton, 417-864-6199
Agency Partner Workshops
The CFO will continue to offer free quarterly workshops and/or webinars on specific topics to our agency partners. To make sure you are on our e-mail lists for these sessions, please contact Bridget Dierks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CFO is partnering with Springfield-based Marlin Company, a nationally known marketing and advertising firm, to build Cause Momentum, a “crowdfunding” website that will provide a place for our agency partners, schools and affiliates to build online financial support for projects and encourage an annual Giving Day for the region.
The Alpha phase of this project concluded in September 2012, and a Beta launch, open to CFO’s network of nonprofit agency partners, is scheduled to begin sometime after the start of 2013. You can learn more about Cause Momentum at causemomentum.org.