In the last few years, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks surveyed its nonprofit partners to better understand the need for capacity-building services. The results were resoundingly clear: A capacity-building organization is much needed by our nonprofit community.
The CFO has partnered with Network for Strong Communities, a trusted and well-established capacity-building organization based in St. Louis, to bring its services to our region. NSC is opening an office, initially housed at The efactory, in downtown Springfield.
Thanks to an anonymous donor, the CFO is providing support for 10 “capacity building scholarships” to introduce our nonprofit community to NSC.
About the Capacity Building Scholarship Program
This program gives organizations access to training, coaching, peer mentoring, and consultative services. Selected organizations will complete a multi-dimensional assessment, set goals, complete check-ins, and participate in learning and consultative opportunities.
There will be 10 spots available in the 2023 cohort for the CBS program. Organizations that participate in the program will complete the NSC capacity assessment at the start and end of the program. This assessment measures the organization’s understanding of best practices in the following areas: planning and goal setting, board function, financial management, human resources, program, fundraising, marketing, and collaboration.
Organizations will then receive a workplan based on their assessment scores. This plan includes goals for the cohort year, consultation/coaching descriptions, and workshop topic recommendations. Each organization has access to a cohort roundtable, 12 learning opportunities, and 8 hours of consultation and services.
- Nonprofit agency partners of the CFO are eligible to apply.
- Organization must have 501(c)3 status.
- Organization has been established for a minimum of 3 years.
- Applications will not be accepted from public entities (including schools).
- This initial cohort is focused on organizations providing services to children, young adults under 30 and low-income families.
- Application period opens Oct. 1.
- Application period closes Nov. 30.
- Scholarship recipients will be selected and notified by Dec. 21.
- Scholarship program will launch Jan. 16.
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