Blog posts from July 2018
Many nonprofits are run by passionate, talented people. However, operating a nonprofit takes specific skillsets and knowledge bases that have to be cultivated and practiced over time. Janus insists that investing in strengthening these areas is critical to success and “very worthwhile.” The National Council of Nonprofits backs this up saying that “when capacity building is successful, it strengthens a nonprofit’s ability to fulfill its mission over time, thereby enhancing the nonprofit’s ability to have a positive impact on lives and communities.” Foundation Center has great tools that support capacity building, including Foundation Directory Online and the newly relaunched Grantspace.org.
Use whatever metaphor you want: a car and a driver, a ship and a captain, a plane and pilot. A nonprofit organization needs a leader that will steer it in the right direction. Leaders shoulder enormous responsibilities and are tasked with having all the answers to every question. Nevertheless, before becoming a strong tree, every leader was once a sapling. In the case of three remarkable Northeast Ohio nonprofit leaders, Foundation Center was their step one in a journey to sound management.
Cleveland is fortunate to be the location for Foundation Center’s Midwest Office. A substantial special collections library, computer center and meeting space are all under one roof in a central downtown location. There are also a number of foundation information network locations at community colleges, public libraries and non-profit offices in adjacent counties.