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CCF IM #6 Archived Project Summaries

2003 Demonstration Program

Published: August 2, 2012
Audience:
Compassion Capital Fund (CCF)
Category:
Guidance, Policies, Procedures, Information Memorandums (IM)

DEMONSTRATION GRANTS

 

Citizens for NYC

Award Amount, Year 1: $312,348
Award Year: 2003 

Organization Description:
Founded in 1975, Citizens for NYC (originally Citizens Committee for New York City) mobilizes New Yorkers to improve their neighborhoods in the areas of urban environment, safety, poverty, youth solutions and neighborhood diversity by providing grants, workshops, information and technical assistance to more than 12,000 grassroots volunteer groups throughout the city’s five boroughs.

Project Description:
Through its Neighborhood Leadership Institute, Citizens for NYC will assist leaders of neighborhood, block, tenant, youth and faith-based groups in their efforts to become more efficient and capable organizations working to improve the quality of life in New York City through extensive training and technical assistance offerings and sub-awards.

Geographic Scope of Project:
Citizens for NYC will focus its work in the five boroughs of New York City.

Partnering Organizations:
Citizens for NYC has partnered with the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and the New York Community Trust to provide matching funds for the project.

Subaward Plan:
Citizens for NYC will issue 20 sub-awards up to $5,000 each for a total of $78,000. Priority will be given to organizations addressing issues such as homelessness, at-risk youth, poverty, and welfare-to-work.

Project Objectives:
Specific project objectives include:

  1. Conduct targeted outreach to diverse community and faith-based organizations;
  2. Build the skills of at least 200 community leaders through eight workshops;
  3. Provide hands-on technical assistance;
  4. Provide financial support via sub-awards to at least 20 organizations;
  5. Host three problem solving clinics centered around topics of concern;
  6. Provide resources and how-to materials as reference tools;
  7. Provide networking opportunities through conferences and forums.

 

Project Strategies:

  • Utilize the Neighborhood Leadership Institute to target diverse community and faith-based organizations and provide training and technical assistance to those organizations through an extensive workshop series, problem solving clinics, conferences, and "Meet the Grantmakers" forum;
  • Provide 20 sub-awards to organizations selected through a competitive process;
  • An Application Clinic will be offered to potential applicants as well as extensive TTA for selected sub-awardees, including workshop series, one-on-one technical assistance, and problem solving clinics.

 

Contact Information:
305 Seventh Avenue, 15th Fl
New York, NY 10001
(212) 989-0909
 

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Foundation for Community Empowerment

Award Amount, Year 1: $578,892
Award Year: 2003 

Organization Description:
The Foundation for Community Empowerment (FCE), founded in 1995 by J. McDonald Williams, Chairman Emeritus of the Trammell Crow Company, is a Dallas-based and Dallas-focused intermediary. FCE seeks to build bridges of opportunity and to foster relationships where investments of money, time, people, and resources should be directed. FCE’s asset-based work is focused in three areas: community development, education initiatives and social capital development.

Project Description:
The project will facilitate collaborative, cross-sector partnerships with local government agencies, foundations, and businesses through workshops, sub-awards, and the cultivation and promotion of best practices and replicable models.

Geographic Scope of Project:
City of Dallas, Texas

Subaward Plan:
FCE will provide $411,000 to 25-50 organizations annually and will target sub-awards to two audiences: (1) Awards between $500 and $5000—grassroots neighborhood associations and start-up community and faith-based organizations; (2) Awards between $10,000 and $50,000—established nonprofit groups; Priority will be given to organizations working in the areas of: at-risk youth, homelessness, affordable housing, high school graduation, family structure and stability, substance abuse, welfare-to-work, and prisoner re-entry.

Project Objectives:

  1. Provide 600 training opportunities in Year 1 to community and faith-based organization leaders through a series of six workshops;
  2. Improve operational, program, and service capacities for participating community and faith-based organizations through the development of a N-Cap profile and individualized organizational improvement plans;
  3. Provide sub-grants to 25-50 community and faith-based organizations that participate in the training opportunities provided;
  4. Improve the ability of community and faith-based organizations to access new financial resources and develop new program partnerships;
  5. Identify and promote promising and effective practices
  6. Identify and cultivate community and faith-based organization programs to become future program models.

 

Project Strategies:

  • Develop and offer community and faith-based organizations basic capacity building training workshops tailored for comprehensive community development in the city of Dallas;
  • Complete a geographical information system (GIS) based neighborhood mapping project for all low-income areas of Dallas, which will provide demographic, economic, social and life-quality data and neighborhood assets to strengthen program development and support outcome measurement needs;
  • Provide leadership, assistance, and ongoing coaching to facilitate the community and faith-based organizations in the formation of collaborations.

 

Contact Information:
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3350
Dallas, Texas 75201
(469) 221-0720

 

 


Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches (GMCC)

Award Amount, Year 1: $532,000
Award Year: 2003

Organization Description:
Since 1905, the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches (GMCC) has operated a successful family of social service programs and recruited support across denominational lines to help struggling Minnesota families remain self-reliant. In its mission to mobilize the faith community to meet human needs and seek social justice, GMCC develops partnerships with churches, faith-based and community organizations and units of local government.

Project Description:
The Community Initiatives program of the GMCC will assist faith-based and community organizations develop and implement effective programs in three key areas: correctional aftercare, community-based healthcare and immigrant family services, through delivering a comprehensive program of technical assistance and on-going support to address critical organizational capacity, programmatic capacity, and relational needs.

Geographic Scope of Project:
GMCC will focus on a seven county metropolitan area surrounding and including the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The targeted counties include: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington

Partnering Organizations:
GMCC has partnered with the McKnight Foundation to provide matching funds for this project.

Subaward Plan:
GMCC will issue a total of $320,000 in sub-awards to 15 faith-based and community organizations participating in the Community Initiatives program. Sub-award amounts will range from $20,000 to $25,000.

Project Objectives:


  1. Develop strong, community-minded organizations that can develop and implement effective human services programming by ensuring that the organizations have:
  2. An institutional infrastructure needed to support quality programming;
  3. Programmatic competencies needed to design and deliver effective services;
  4. The ability to form and maintain a network of working relationships with other community partners;
  5. The vision to work collaboratively with others on more extensive community projects and issues.

 

Project Strategies:

  • Provide technical support and capacity-building assistance to 15 community and faith-based organizations which address the issues of correctional aftercare, community-based healthcare, and immigrant family issues;
  • Provide 15 sub-awards;
  • Establish a community-wide network of community and faith-based organizations;
  • Provide opportunities for a broad, community-based exchange of information and ideas;
  • Link community experts with grassroots organizations;
  • Contribute significantly to the research on how community and faith-based organizations can best participate in the overall delivery of social services.

 

Contact Information:
1001 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 721-8687 ext.567

 

 


Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ

Award Amount, Year 1: $626,598
Award Year: 2003 

Organization Description:
Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ has strengthened the capacity of faith-based and community organizations in the Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin area for the past 17 years, providing these agencies with training and technical assistance. Holy Redeemer also provides direct services through the operation of five schools for at-risk youth and numerous social service programs.

Project Description:
The Holy Redeemer Compassion Capital Fund (CCF) Demonstration Program will strengthen faith-based and community organizations in five southeastern Wisconsin counties to achieve the vision of communities rich with high-quality social service programs. Organizations that provide services to address the following areas will be eligible to participate: homelessness, prisoners re-entering the community and children of prisoners, at-risk youth, addiction, elders in need, families moving from welfare to work, and couples that choose marriage for themselves.

Geographic Scope of Project:
Five southeastern Wisconsin counties: Brown, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Rock

Partnering Organizations:
Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ will partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGC). BCG will provide program evaluation and staff training as well as technical assistance on outcome measurement and strategic planning.

Subaward Plan:
Holy Redeemer will provide sub-awards to 25 to 30 organizations annually with awards ranging from $5,000 to $7,000.

Project Objectives:

  1. Host a series of five four-hour workshops in the areas of strategic planning, financial management, board development, fundraising, and outcome measurement;
  2. Provide 30 hours of one-on-one coaching to participating organizations;
  3. Provide additional technical assistance designed to improve faith-based and community organizations’ program effectiveness, organizational management, and ability to access funding from diverse sources.

 

Project Strategies:

  • Provide technical assistance through seminars, conferences and one-on-one coaching to increase faith-based and community organizations' capacity in program development and sustainability;
  • Provide sub-awards to grassroots faith-based and community organizations for building the design, capacity, and effectiveness of their social programs.

 

Contact Information:
3500 W. Mother Daniels Way
Milwaukee, WI 53209
(414) 466-1800

 

 


Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc.

Award Amount, Year 1: $511,298
Award Year: 2003 

Organization Description:
Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc., a community action agency established in 1962, embraces a philosophy of needs-based strategies and family-based services leading to family self-sufficiency and economic self-reliance. The agency provides a comprehensive range of services for low-income families and individuals in the Appalachian area of Eastern Kentucky.

Project Description:
The Kentucky River Foothills Development Council will assist faith-based and community organizations with budgets of less than $250,000 in 18 of Kentucky’s Appalachian counties to increase their effectiveness, enhance their ability to provide social services, expand their organizations, diversify their funding sources, and create collaborations to better serve those who are reliant upon them.

Geographic Scope of Project:
Eighteen counties in Central Appalachia, located in the Eastern one-third of Kentucky

Partnering Organizations:
Kentucky River Foothills Development Council will partner with three other Community Action Agencies and the Kentucky Association for Community Action.

Subaward Plan:
Kentucky River Foothills Development Council through its AppalSEED (Appalachian Social Enterprise Empowerment and Development) project will issue $127,825 in sub-awards. Five sub-awards of $10,000 each will be made to organizations participating in the Fellows program, and sub-awards ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to other faith-based and community organizations. Priority will be given to organizations working in social services areas of: homelessness, at-risk youth, elders in need, welfare-to-work, those in need of intensive rehabilitation, and healthy marriages.

Project Objectives:

  1. Increase the capacity of faith-based and community organizations to access resources that foster sustainability;
  2. Increase involvement in collaborative, community-based networks;
  3. Bridge the digital divide through computer technology;
  4. Improve leadership capacity;
  5. Build capacity to become result-oriented organizations;
  6. Expand capacity to address high priority community needs.

 

Project Strategies

  • Create AppalSEED, an association of service providers to sustain and expand the project;
  • Appoint regional program coordinators in four regions to serve as mentors and conveners;
  • Provide technical assistance through volunteer experts, peer-to-peer assistance, workshops, online ask-an-expert, distance learning centers, and experiential learning; Establish an expert pool for training and technical assistance;
  • Create regional forums;
  • Develop and provide curriculum and standards of excellence for faith-based and community organizations;
  • Establish of an expert pool for training and technical assistance.

 

Contact Information:
1623 Foxhaven Drive P.O. Box 743
Richmond, Kentucky 40476-0743
(859) 624-2046

 

 


Louisiana Association of Non-Profit Organizations

Award Amount, Year 1: $401,022
Award Year: 2003 

Organization Description:
The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) works to strengthen, promote and build the capacity of Louisiana’s nonprofit sector through member services, advocacy, and education. With a network of over 500 members, LANO is the leading technical assistance provider for nonprofits and faith-based and community organizations in Louisiana.

Project Description:
The Louisiana Rural Capacity Project will create a network of sustainable faith-based and community organizations able to better provide social services for Louisiana’s neediest citizens. The model can be replicated to address other underserved, under-resourced rural parishes in the state.

Geographic Scope of Project:
An eight parish rural region surrounding Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Includes the following parishes: East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana

Partnering Organizations:
Project partners include Set Free Indeed, a faith-based substance abuse recovery group, and Southern University, a historically-black university.

Subaward Plan:
A total of $125,000 in sub-awards will be provided on a competitive basis to organizations participating in the technical assistance program. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $15,000.

Project Objectives:

  1. Strengthen faith-based and community organizations in target area through outreach and training;
  2. Increase organizational capacity and operational effectiveness of faith-based and community through the Rural Capacity Academy (RCA); and
  3. Provide capacity-building grants to RCA participants through a competitive process

 

Project Strategies:

  • Offer training and outreach workshops in an eight parish region for 200 organizations working in four programmatic areas: homelessness, services for prisoners, at-risk youth, and substance abuse;
  • Provide customized technical assistance, including computer, internet access and technology training for 40 organizations participating in RCA;
  • Give sub-awards for staff development, best practice implementation, better use of technology, program planning, improved data collection or limited facility improvements.

 

Contact Information:
P.O. Box 3808
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
(225) 343-5266

 

 


The National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise

Award Amount, Year 1: $498,403
Award Year: 2003 

Organization Description:
The National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (NCNE) was founded in 1981 by Robert L. Woodson, Sr. for the purpose of providing technical assistance and training to grassroots leaders who have the ability to successfully address the problems of their communities. The National Center has provided capacity-building services to leaders of more than 1900 organizations in 39 states.

Project Description:
NCNE’s capacity-building initiative will develop the resources of grass-roots and faith-based and community organizations and strengthen their infrastructure so they in turn can expand their influences and services to address problems of low-income DC residents.

Geographic Scope of Project:
Faith-based and community organizations in Wards 7 and 8 in the District of Columbia.

Partnering Organizations:
The NCNE is partnering with the Marcus Foundation to provide matching funds for the project.

Subaward Plan:
NCNE will offer approximately $250,000 in sub-awards to up to 20 faith-based and community organizations. The sub-awards will range from $5,000 to $10,000.

Project Objectives:

  1. Identify faith-based and community organizations that demonstrate the ability to address problems such as family disintegration, elders-in-need, at-risk youth, low academic performances and high school dropout rates, homelessness, and substance abuse;
  2. Provide training and technical assistance to strengthen the capacities of faith-based and community organizations;
  3. Increase faith-based and community organizations' ability to become self-sustaining;
  4. Equip faith-based and community organizations to expand the reach and quality of their services;
  5. Encourage the organizations to work together in a network;
  6. Evaluate the results of the program and present findings as a model for other locales.

 

Project Strategies:

  • Utilize its Hands Across D.C. Network, a collaboration of nine faith-based and community organizations, to identify organizations with demonstrated ability to service individuals and families in Wards 7 & 8;
  • Assist each organization in developing an organizational assessment;
  • Provide:
    • Individual mentoring of the director and senior staff at each organization;
    • Hands-on services, individualized and group working sessions, and tools that assist each group with building its organizational and programmatic capacity;
    • Products and outreach services that keep each organization updated on best practices and developments related to its work.

 

Contact Information:
1424 Sixteenth Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036
202-518-6500

 

 


Northwest Leadership Foundation

Award Amount, Year 1: $498,403
Award Year: 2003 

Organization Description:
The Northwest Leadership Foundation (NLF) is a faith-based, locally-driven nonprofit organization established in 1986 to serve the Tacoma/Seattle region. NLF’s mission is to build working relationships across faith and community groups, develop joint ventures that rebuild lives and neighborhoods, and build the capacity of participating organizations.

Project Description:
The Four-City Demonstration Project will link the experience and resources of four leadership foundations to increase the program and organizational capabilities of more than 80 faith-based and community organizations in four cities that serve at-risk youth, homeless, prisoners reentering the community, children of prisoners, addicts, elders in need, families moving from welfare to work, and couples working to form and sustain healthy marriages.

Geographic Scope of Project:
The project will focus its work in four cities: Tacoma, Washington; Memphis, Tennessee; Phoenix, Arizona; Knoxville, Tennessee

Partnering Organizations:
The Northwest Leadership Foundation (Tacoma) has partnered with leadership foundations in three other targeted cities: Memphis Leadership Foundation; Collaboration for a New Century (Phoenix); Knoxville Leadership Foundation; as well as with Leadership Foundations of America and the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. In addition, each city leadership foundation has local technical assistance partners.

Subaward Plan:
The project will provide $300,000 in 16-25 sub-awards through a competitive process. Organizations participating in the demonstration project may apply for sub-awards individually for awards up to $30,000 or as a service network for awards up to $60,000.

Project Objectives:
The Four-City Demonstration Program will increase the program and organizational capabilities of more than 80 small faith-based and community organizations in four targeted cities so that services expand, funding increases, programs become more effective, and stronger collaborations are formed to address specific community needs. Each city will focus on chosen priority areas consistent with the CCF priority areas.

Project Strategies:

  • Select 20-30 organizations in each city for participation;
  • Conduct initial orientation and training sessions in each city;
  • Complete organizational assessments and develop plans to improve performance
  • Provide capacity-building materials and access to the Leadership Foundations of America's Resource Center;
  • Provide on-going training and technical assistance that is performance-focused, tailored, learn-by-doing oriented, and includes both individual organizations and participating networks.

 

Contact Information:
419 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Tacoma, Washington 98405
(253) 272-0771
 

 


United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

Award Amount, Year 1: $686,982
Award Year: 2003 

Organization Description:
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is a local organization dedicated to mobilizing the community to improve lives by increasing the number of: children entering school ready to learn and succeed; youth participating in quality, structured after school programs; families becoming self-sufficient and having their basic needs met; families and individuals safe and free from violence and abuse; and seniors able to make and implement their own life choices.

Project Description:
The Supporting Seniors Project will assist faith-based and community organizations in Pima County, Arizona, to increase their effectiveness, enhance their ability to provide social services, expand their organizations, diversify their funding sources and create collaborations to better serve senior citizens in need.

Geographic Scope of Project:
Pima County, Arizona.

Partnering Organizations:
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona's principal partners for the Supporting Seniors project are Pima Council on Aging, Northwest Interfaith Center, PRO Neighborhoods and the Multicultural Leadership Development Program.

Subaward Plan:
United Way will provide $339,807 in sub-awards to 150 faith-based and community organizations that deliver social services to senior citizens or engage them in meaningful volunteer activities.

Project Objectives:

  1. Create and implement a linguistically and culturally sensitive capacity building technical assistance strategy for 200 faith-based and community organizations that serve senior citizens to increase their effectiveness, expand their organizations, improve their efficiency and broaden their funding base;
  2. Create and implement a plan for making 150 capacity enhancement sub-awards to faith-based and community organizations that deliver social services to senior citizens.

 

Project Strategies:

  • Replicate and expand two volunteer programs (Neighbors Care and Ambassador Programs) serving seniors in need throughout Pima County. The Neighbors Care Program trains and organizes neighborhood and faith-based association volunteers to provide social services to the elderly such as transportation, telephone reassurance, help with housework and home repairs. The Ambassador Program trains volunteer "ambassadors" who are assigned to senior residential communities and congregations and provide education, information, referral and advocacy to seniors.
  • Assist faith-based and community organizations to implement and sustain social service and volunteer programs unrelated to the Neighbors Care and Ambassador Programs that assist elderly in remaining active and independent.

 

Contact Information:
330 North Commerce Park Loop
Suite 200, Box 86750
Tucson, Arizona 85754-6750
(520) 903-9000

 

 


We Care America, Inc.

Award Amount, Year 1: $712,020
Award Year: 2003 

Organization Description:
We Care America (WCA) is a national network of individuals, churches and ministries working together to meet the needs of the poor and hurting by building capacity among faith-based and community organizations.

Project Description:
The project will build the capacity of grassroots organizations in the targeted areas through supportive systems that reach across traditional partnership boundaries for effective service to the areas’ neediest citizens. We Care America will provide coordinated capacity building through the WCA Southern California Office and two local partners.

Geographic Scope of Project:
Central City East Los Angeles–Los Angeles Skid Row and the Santa Ana Empowerment Zone.

Partnering Organizations:
We Care America's Southern California Office will partner with Templo Calvario and its Community Development Corporation, the largest Latino Church in the U.S., and Union Rescue Mission, the largest rescue mission in the nation, with a 112-year history of service to Central Los Angeles' Skid Row.

Subaward Plan:
A total of $250,000 will be granted in sub-awards to 30 faith-based and community organizations annually and will be segmented into three tiers: Tier 1: $1,000-$3,000 for start up or planning; Tier 2: $3,000 to $10,000 for initial programs or infrastructure; Tier 3: $10,000 to $20,000 for expansion of programs or infrastructure.

Project Objectives:

  1. Integrate access to comprehensive services and resources provided by local, state, and federal government in targeted areas;
  2. Build capacity of faith-based and community organizations to provide services and develop programs that are high quality, sustainable, highly leveraged, and based in sound organizations;
  3. Develop and focus social capital on critical community needs;
  4. Foster local implementation of the Faith-Based Initiative by city, state, and local governments and related agencies;
  5. Document effective processes and programs that exemplify effective integration of faith-based and community organizations capacity building and service outcomes.

 

Project Strategies:

  • Provide comprehensive capacity building for 40-50 faith-based and community organizations annually that work in the following social service areas: homelessness, at-risk youth, elders in need, families transitioning from welfare to work, those in need of intensive rehabilitation, healthy marriage for those who choose marriage for themselves, and other high need populations;
  • Integrate sub-awards and technical assistance for 30 organizations annually;
  • Demonstrate effectiveness of Neighborhood Care Centers by establishing 16 centers over the three year project period.

 

Contact Information:
10 G Street, NE, Suite 502
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 667-4616