In a dramatic shift towards helping local nonprofits to build capacity and make major impacts in their respective service areas, Our Community Foundation, formerly known as Capital Region Community Foundation, re-defined and rolled out a new grant process this spring. Helping Hands Respite Care received one of many $1000 Assessment/Audit Grants to help local nonprofit organizations narrow their focus and determine whether they would make application for a capacity grant or an impact grant.
Helping Hands was given the opportunity for an assessment by an organization well-versed in nonprofit structure and challenges. The result of the assessment included a recommendation for both Board Training and assistance with our next Five Year Strategic Planning Process. That recommendation and proposal for service was rolled into a Capacity Grant. Additionally, Our Community Foundation searched out local agencies ready for assistance on Fund Development and created a fast track to a training opportunity with the Benevon for Sustainable Fund Raising organization. After filling out a pre-application, Helping Hands was invited to include Benevon Training and Support as part of the Capacity Grant.
Timing of the next available Benevon Training which was scheduled for mid-June in Dearborn, was tight, but once we got the grant approval for the training – work began in earnest to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Helping Hands was selected as one of five local nonprofits that demonstrated their readiness to take advantage of the capacity grant and the resources made available from Our Community Foundation. “The hard work of the past six years is beginning to pay-off, shared Helping Hands leader John Stauffer. It is an honor to be perceived as at the tipping point of success by the community foundation. The help comes at just the right time as we forecast no end in sight for the growing need for the respite services provided by our organization to the community covering Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties.”