Capacity Building Opportunity

Potomac Health Foundation (PHF) has partnered with a number of organizations to provide technical assistance opportunities for current Foundation grantee partners and to build non-profit support infrastructure in the Potomac Health Foundation geographic service area.

Catchafire: A web-based platform to match skills-based volunteers with nonprofits for projects as needed and requested. A grant from Potomac Health Foundation covers the cost for nonprofit organizations to use the Catchafire platform.

Leadership Prince William: Beginning with the Class of 2020, Leadership Prince William (LPW) will offer need-based scholarships for non-native English speaking and persons of color. The scholarship program will allow and encourage LPW to pursue an otherwise under-represented segment of LPW’s community’s leadership by eliminating any barrier to participation.

Prince William Public Library System (PWPLS)/The Foundation Center: PHF awarded grants to PWPLS and The Foundation Center to establish a Funding Information Network location at Chinn Park Regional Library. The network provides tools and resources consisting of Foundation Center databases, publications, and other services useful to grantseekers. The Foundation Center and Chinn will continue to partner to offer in-person and streamed training opportunities on a variety of topics.

Previous Capacity Building Offerings

BoardSource: A grant was provided to BoardSource to support a board governance workshop for all Foundation grantees and an in-depth training series for a cohort of grantee organization Executive Directors and Board Chairs. The series is designed to strengthen organizations by providing tools and learning on strategic board composition, board recruitment, succession planning, and engaging the board as strategic fundraisers.

Center for Nonprofit Advancement: Center for Nonprofit Advancement provided monthly capacity building opportunities in the local community focusing on Board Basics, Advocacy 101, Executive Preparation and networking.

Coalition for Human Services: The coalition offered  a variety of racism and diversity training events geared towards human service staff members that includeD managers, direct care workers and reception/clerical workers. Participants learned about racial inequity and its occurrence at individual, group and system levels.

GuideStar: Guidestar worked with Foundation grantees in elevating their profiles on GuideStar through an in- person workshop and follow up so that grantees can achieve a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Seal of Transparency.

Virginia Healthcare Foundation: With support from Potomac Health Foundation and other area sponsors, Virginia Healthcare Foundation offered SignUpNow. SignUpNow is a 4+ hour training, which teaches representatives from local non-profit organizations, hospitals, health clinics and centers and others how to help individuals and families apply for Virginia’s state-sponsored health insurance programs (Medicaid and FAMIS). Training organizations would assist in the rollout and implementation of Medicaid expansion in Virginia ensuring that as many eligible individuals and families benefit from the opportunity.

ACTS:  ACTS, in collaboration with the Prince William County
Chamber’s Nonprofit Leadership Council, to increase the capacity of the nonprofit business community. In a series of trainings, nonprofits will learn to effectively market the true value they offer to other businesses in terms of social capital with the community and staff, as well as concrete services for staff. Each participating organization will receive a new marketing plan for each nonprofit to help them engage with local for-profit companies, as well as formal partnerships between each nonprofit and one new for-profit business partner that does not include an event sponsorship.

Catalogue for Philanthropy: A grant was provided to Catalogue for Philanthropy to support a series of trainings on fundraising and communications including: strategy, operations, identification and cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, and storytelling. Trainings will occur in person and Catalogue for Philanthropy will also present webinars and other online opportunities to participants.