The Nonprofit Partnership

Have You Heard?

  • 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. more >

  • The Fiscal Health of Erie Nonprofits

    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.
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  • 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.

Erie Vital Signs

Erie Vital Signs

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.

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. 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.

Our mission:

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

Upcoming Events

North East Listening Post

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12 Noon - 1:30 pm at Community Nursing Services, 7 Park Street, North East, PA

Join us for this lunch session where The Nonprofit Partnership discusses its services and the challenges that face nonprofits today and listens to your needs and insights as to what kind of assistance would help you most.


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.


Best Practices for Get Connected, Erie's Online Volunteer Center

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 9:00 to 11:30 am at WQLN Learning Center, 8425 Peach Street, Erie.

Presented by Get Connected's Melissa Fenn and Jennifer Schad

In this Get Connected clinic, we will explore some of the best practices we've identified that will help your organization maximize Get Connected as a volunteer recruitment tool. During this session, participants will:
1. Receive an evaluation of their current profile with a rubric score and specific suggestions for revisions
2. Review Get Connected features that will improve the visibility of current opportunities
3. Learn techniques for integrating Get Connected with other communication tools, such as social media
4. Have time to work on their profile and receive individualized support.
Consider bringing a laptop, although there is limited access to computers in the Learning Center.


Perfect Pitch - The Craft Of Becoming An Exceptional Speaker - A Leadership Lab

Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:00 - 11:30 am at WQLN Learning Center, 8425 Peach Street, Erie.

Presented by Michael Brand, NPP Director of Education and Leadership Development

We all know The Elevator Speech ‘Tell us who you are in 30 seconds”. More important though are the 5-10 minutes you’re given on someone’s agenda. This session will help you deliver a message that is power-packed, personal, and motivational.

Playing Safe: What You Need To Know About Changes in Laws About Small Games Of Chance

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 9:00 - 11:30 am at WQLN Learning Center, 8425 Peach Street, Erie.

In this session, not-for-profit experts Lindsey Richards, CPA and Vincent Halupczynski, CPA of BKD, LLP will review the Pennsylvania Local Option Small Games of Chance Act.

Register for an event or call (814) 454-8800.

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