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. See the Nonprofit Listening Post Study of nonprofit employment data by region. 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 2014:

    • Profitability has returned to Erie County. After a year when only 45% of nonprofits showed operating surpluses, 62% did so in 2013.

    • Human Services outperformed the field after years of trailing the pack.

    • Larger nonprofits are growing and are outperforming their smaller counterparts.

    • Wild up and down fiscal swings are becoming more commonplace.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.

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.


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

Logic Models for Youth Development and Education

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 9:00 am - Noon at WQLN Learning Center, 8425 Peach Street, Erie.

The Nonprofit Partnership, United Way of Erie County, and Erie Together bring together a combined focus on crafting the story of why your youth development, after-school, or educational enrichment program works and how it makes a positive impact on young people. This is the first in a series of management and line staff trainings for youth development workers in Erie County.


Event Planning Lab

Monday, November 17, 2014 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at WQLN Learning Center, 8425 Peach Street, Erie.

The Nonprofit Partnership and Mercyhurst University again team up to offer a full-day hands-on learning lab – this time offering the opportunity to think through and plan the details of your next nonprofit fundraising event. Every element from sponsorships, ticket sales, promotion, planning, execution, and evaluation will be covered by Amanda Flick, Bob Wooler, and content experts from the hospitality program at Mercyhurst.


*Putting the Power of the Campus to Work for Your Nonprofit"

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

The GET CONNECTED Volunteer program is in the midst of a campaign to leverage volunteer talent from our local universities to assist your organization in meeting its mission. Join us to learn about this campaign and hear about unique and creative ways to put authentic collegiate talent to work for your nonprofit on both short-term and long-term assignments.

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

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