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

Makeover Projects

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


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. Apply online for this year's class here. The program starts on May7.

Strategy and Business Planning

Strategy and Business Planning

Today we find an increasing number of our member organizations are having to re-tool their strategic plans and sharpen their business plans to focus more on realistic, sustainable strategies for organizational growth and success. Many are finding the answers they are seeking in short-term, focused work with NPP staff.

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
First Impression

First Impressions Count

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.

Fabric of Community

Leaders' Learning Circles

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. A group-based Leadership Series with components that nurture key leadership skills: Setting Direction, Creating Alignment, and Inspiring Action awaits you in 2015.

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


Quick Link Resources for Nonprofit Webinars, Social Media help, and more...

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)

Upcoming Events

15th Annual Northwest PA Nonprofit Day Conference: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Download the Conference Brochure Here
Register Online here.


Creating an Effective and Personal Professional Development Plan

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 9:00 am - 12 Noon

Scottish Rite Center, 4701 Old Zuck Rd., Erie, PA 16506
Presented by Kevin Smith, Vie Associates

Sponsored by United Way of Erie County, Erie Together, Unified Erie, and The Nonprofit Partnership

This three-hour, interactive presentation delivered by Kevin Smith, President of Vie Associates, LLC will guide participants through the process of developing employee development plans that actually work – both for the employee and the organization.

Click here to register.


Telling Your Story with Video

Monday, September 21 and 28, 2015 - 1:30 to 4:30 pm at Community Access TV, 142 West 12th St., Erie.

Presented by CAT Media Services

We all know that short videos are an essential element in any nonprofit's communications package today. This two part workshop offers you and your colleagues an opportunity to learn to plan a compelling video and then produce it using the CAT equipment and guidance. The cost is $95.


Fundraising to Sustain Your Youth Services Program

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 9:00 - 11:30 am at Scottish Rite Center, 4701 Old Zuck Rd., Erie.

This training is part of the Youth Training series co-sponsored by The Nonprofit Partnership, United Way of Erie County, Erie Together, and Unified Erie. Presented by The Nonprofit Partnership.

This workshop will weave together the basics of a diversified funding strategy that can help you supplement and sustain your youth program beyond its initial grant funding. By combining many streams of support that you have much control over, this session will empower program managers and agency administration to take charge of your program's funding destiny.


15th Annual Northwest PA Nonprofit Day Conference: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Download the Conference Brochure Here

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