The Nonprofit Partnership

Have You Heard?

  • The Fiscal Health of Erie Nonprofits

    Doing Well, But at a Cost

    In its annual look at the size and health of the nonprofit sector in Erie County, The Nonprofit Partnership (NPP) has found surprising strength and resiliency but also signs of weakness that point to the need for continuing investment. Overall, 65% of the members of The Nonprofit Partnership showed a financial surplus in 2014, a 3% increase over the previous year and a 20% increase over 2012.

    This compares very favorably with nonprofits across the nation, only 47% of whom posted surpluses in 2014 according to the “State of the Sector” survey conducted by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. See our 2015 Nonprofit Reality Check Infographicmore >

  • What Do Nonprofits Stand For?

    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. See the Nonprofit Listening Post Study of nonprofit employment data by region. more >

  • Inventorying Our Assets: Nonprofits Employ People

    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 >

Story Corner

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.

YMCA Kids Club Video: A Heart of the City Transformation Story

What's Happening

Communications Makeover

Wild Apricot - Membership Management

Want to know when your organization's membership renewal date is? Interested in checking out and signing up for upcoming NPP events? Look no further than NPP member management through Wild Apricot!

Google Grants

Google Grants

Imagine what you could do with $10,000 of in-kind advertising every month from Google. You could share your story with audiences all over the globe. It’s all possible with Google Grants. NPP and the Tungsten Creative Group have created two original screencasts to get you started in your Google Grants adventure.

Erie Gives 2016

Erie Gives 2016

Are you ready for Erie Gives 2016? The Erie community's biggest day of giving will be on August 9, 2016. Check on your membership status and sign up through The Erie Community Foundation today!

Get Connected

Get Connected Volunteer Portal

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.

Get Connected


In addition to our own education offerings, The Nonprofit Partnership maintains listings of and links to high-quality webinars on topics that are in the greatest demand by members: marketing and communication, fund development, management, and governance. Changing by the week, see them here.

Measuring Outcomes

Measuring Outcomes

The Nonprofit Partnership has a great collection of tools and guidance that will help you measure the impact of your program in the community and tell your compelling story with authority. Individual consultation is also available from our staff to help you craft a logic model that expresses the essence of your work and its impact.

Our mission:

To enhance the management and governance of regional nonprofit organizations through capacity-building programs and services.


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


Check out these helpful resources!

BoardSource Governance Resources and Webinars

Charity How To (Webinars and Nonprofit Tutorials)

John Haydon (Facebook and Social Media Expertise)

Nonprofit Web Advisor (Nonprofit Webinars)

Social Brite (Social Media Solutions for Nonprofits)

Nonprofit Hub

Classy Blog (Best Practices, Tips, & Fundraising Ideas)

LikeAlyzer (Analyze your organization's Facebook page)

Nonprofit Marketing Guide

4Good (Webinars)

Network for Good (Best Practices, Fundraising, Marketing, News & Research)

Upcoming Events

Understanding the New Overtime Rule and Strategies for Success

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 9:00 - 10:30 am @ the WQLN Learning Center, 8425 Peach St., Erie.

Recently, the U.S. Labor Department announced the final overtime regulations concerning employees earning less than $47,476 per year. The new overtime rules take effect on December 1, 2016.

The overtime rules have caused a lot of concern among organizations, especially nonprofits. Many groups believe they have to make significant changes in their organizational structure when in fact that might not be necessary. Attorney Bob Zaruta will review the new rule and whether or not specific organizations are even covered. He will also discuss specific strategies that nonprofits can employ to successful navigate these uncharted waters.

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