Have You Heard?
Nonprofit leaders and the general public agree on at least one thing - nonprofits own the value of caring. But both of those groups need to update and refresh their concept of what values characterize nonprofit work. The bottom line is that nonprofits care enough to employ people. more >
The Nonprofit Partnership has taken its annual look at the fiscal health of its member nonprofits, and these are the dominant themes for 2013:
- Small organizations - those with annual budgets less than $1 million - staged a comeback and performed better than their larger peers. 50% of small organizations had operating surpluses while 40% of large organizations did. The bad news? Not even half of our local nonprofits were profitable in 2012.
- Smaller nonprofits are also trending positive year-over-year and showing resilience. More are sustaining profitability year-to-year than are larger organizations.
- Healthcare has a down year in contrast to recent history. Human services still struggle mightily.
- Growing budgets from year to year is proving much more difficult in our economic environment.
Employment is still the hot-button issue today, and while it’s not news that nonprofit work is overwhelmingly a people-to-people business, recent data highlights the fact that even in spite of the recession, nonprofits are seeing job growth while the rest of the economy is shedding jobs at a significant rate. According to data released by the Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Economic Data project and the Bureau of Labor Statistics and chronicled in the newly released The State of Nonprofit America, nonprofit jobs grew at a cumulative rate of 5% between 2007 and 2010 while job in the for-profit sector declined at an 8% rate during the period. Overall, nonprofits have grown 20% faster than the rest of the economy since 1977. more >
The Nonprofit Partnership supports the development and dissemination of organizational stories through multiple media and in a variety of settings to help you reach your intended audience with your compelling message.
NPP's Communications Makeovers align the content and strategy in your primary tools: website, e-news, brochure, and annual report. Our continuous consultation model offers a package of services to guide you through improvements to your most important communication tools.
Project Blueprint builds diversity on Erie's nonprofit boards and helps nonprofit organizations comply with one of their most essential mandates - listening to the voices of all stakeholders. See how this partnership program empowers individuals from around our community to build more inclusive boards of directors.
Erie Vital Signs tracks indicators that reflect and measure our county’s well-being in eight topic areas: Brain Gain, Community & Civic Engagement, Cultural Vitality, Environment, Health, The Economy, Pre K-12 Education, and Regionalism. The goal of this project is to inform, inspire, and even provoke. This is achieved by presenting sound, unbiased information, with clarity and transparency, on the issues our community identifies as important to our quality of life.
The Nonprofit Partnership and United Way of Erie County have an online volunteer portal to match agency needs with the skills and interests of the many giving and caring individuals who support their communities by giving of their time and talent daily. Enter your profile now and join the volunteer movement here in Erie County.
The feeling you get from the doorway, entryway, and waiting area of a nonprofit agency starts the wheels turning in forming opinions and judgements about the organization, its leadership, and its quality. See how our First Impressions team is bringing an organization's story into its entry space through design.
The recent Daring To Lead report shows that nonprofit leaders consider Peer-To-Peer Learning and individual coaching the most effective means of professional development. Peer networks are especially effective at reducing feelings of isolation and the sense that one’s ‘problems’ are unique. Executive Director's and Development Director's Leaders Circle start in March. Look for our Board Chair-CEO retreat event in the fall as well.
To enhance the management and governance of regional nonprofit organizations through capacity-building programs and services.
2013 Nonprofit Day: Age of Austerity - Era of Abundance
Download resources from the conference's education sessions here.
______________________________________________The Nonprofit Partnership serves as staff for the Erie Community Fund Drives Committee and in this role offers training, technical assistance, and guidance for the development of best practice capital campaigns.
Community Fund Drives resources
Effective Time Management
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 9:00 - 11:30 am at WQLN Learning Center, 8425 Peach St., Erie.
Presented by Rick Capozzi, The Capozzi Group
If you want to get organized and manage your time wisely, then join us for this hands-on lab with Rick Capozzi as he guides you in the principles of Effective Time Management. It will help change your work today.
The only way to stay on top of your game and ahead of the pack is to prioritize your time on those activities which bring the most bang for the buck. While this session is geared toward executives, leaders should give special consideration to sending junior level staff who can up their game by bringing more focus to what you need them to accomplish.
Monday, April 7, 2014, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Manufacturers and Business Association, 2171 West 38th St., Erie.
Presented by Robert Wooler, NPP Director
This full-day workshop presents all the building blocks for a successful grant application from how to find the right opportunities to planning the right approach to executing the delivery with a compelling narrative.
Board Boot Camp - An Introduction to the Basics of Good Governance
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5:00 to 9:00 pm with dinner. Ambassador Conference Center, 7794 Peach St., Erie.
This annual rite of spring offers an opportunity for board leaders and members to tune up on the basics of governance with a group of local experts that includes Attorney Tom Tupitza and Debra Thompson of Strategy Solutions. This event also serves as the kickoff for the 2014 Project Blueprint class.