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. A new Executive Director's Leaders Circle is starting in March, 2014 Look for our Board Chair-CEO retreat event in 2014 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
2013 Nonprofit Partnership Annual Meeting
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 4:00 to 6:00 pm at WQLN, 8425 Peach Street, Erie.
Please plan to join us as we present plans for 2014 programming and award the winners of the 2013 Annual Report Contest.
The HOTT Meeting - Making Productive Use of Time Together
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 9:00 to 11:30 am at WQLN Learning Center, 8425 Peach Street, Erie.
Presented by Michael Brand, Director of Education and Leadership Development
This seminar will introduce you to the HOTT format which keeps a meeting focused upon the necessary decisions, discussions and actions. The HOTT agenda is a powerful tool guaranteed not only to get more done, but also to increase attendance since people want to come to highly productive meetings. If you delegate staff responsibilities for organizing and running meetings, then this is the one for you and them.