United Way of New York City (UWNYC) today announced $237,775 in grants to help 25 New York City nonprofit organizations integrate and streamline the back ends of their organizations’ operations. The awards will enable collaborations of two to three small nonprofits to develop efficiencies that will result in time and money saved.
“These grants reflect a growing trend in a nonprofit world faced with record demand and historic under-funding,” said Gordon Campbell, President and CEO of UWNYC. “Mergers and strategic alliances, shared space, shared bookkeeping and purchasing, and integrating database systems for analyzing outcomes on shared programs are some of the ways that organizations are finding to streamline their operations. The grants we are announcing today support nonprofits in rolling out their collaborations so that they succeed. The idea is that after the UWNYC grant ends, nonprofits will be in a better position to devote more resources to program delivery.”
The grants are unusual among nonprofits as the vast majority of dollars from public and private funders typically go toward specific programmatic needs. United Way of New York City’s Collaboration Grants were awarded based on proposals to increase operational efficiencies and make systems improvements that strengthen organizational infrastructures. The work they are able to accomplish through these awards will position grantees to dedicate fewer resources to back-end activities and allocate more human and/or financial resources to serving constituents. The grant also includes peer learning opportunities for grantees through panels and forums.
“This is a critical time for communities most affected by the economic downturn and a job market that remains stagnant. Most funders want to see impact – and rightfully so. But, there are few grants out there that allow the real strategic work, the thinking in an intentional way, to get us there,” said Ian Marvy, Executive Director of Added Value and Herban Solutions, Inc., which received a United Way Collaboration Grant in partnership with Green City Force. “We’re really looking forward to this United Way partnership. This is a funding stream that’s providing a resource and a rationale for two executive directors and their staff to structure and hone their partnership to meet the needs of the community we serve.”
Organizations whose mission areas include youth services, workforce development (including green jobs), community development, housing services, urban agriculture, childcare and child welfare will receive $17,775 – $20,000 for collaboration projects, including:
- Damayan + Desis Rising Up and Moving Inc.: to create a fundraising strategy, protocols and templates, hire a shared fundraising consultant and train key staff in shared fundraising practices
- Fresh Youth Initiatives, Inc. + The Cornerstone Learning Center, Inc.: to develop a communications plan and shared systems to manage funders and fundraising and track program outcomes
- Kids Creative + Border Crossers, Inc: to combine operations and administrative functions, deepen evaluations, expand strategic development planning, and support elements of a formal collaboration
- Lower Eastside Girls Club of NY + Girls Quest: to integrate financial management systems and a program database, and to develop a communications strategy and a funder’s strategy
- Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A + Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Legal Services: to develop a shared, centralized, web-based database system with remote access to analyze program data and provide reports to better serve legal efforts and proactive program planning
- Fifth Ave Committee, Inc. (FAC) + Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Inc.: to support first year implementation of a new strategic alliance, including administrative and program-level integration, merging of database systems for fundraising and program data tracking, developing communications strategy, fiscal integration, and planning to merge organizational cultures
- Green City Force + Added Value and Herban Solutions, Inc.: to create a more streamlined delivery of year two pilot by developing program protocols and a staff manual, assessment plan, communications strategy and approach to mesh organizational cultures
- Brooklyn Workforce Innovations + Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow + Nontraditional Employment for Women: to develop streamlined processes for quicker, more efficient and effective job training and adult education program delivery at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, including evaluation plans and protocols for shared space and administrative functions
- United Community Centers + United Community Day Care Center: to merge accounting systems and train a finance director to manage integrated books
- Chhaya Community Development Corporation + Chinatown Manpower Project + Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc.: to help reduce duplication of services and inefficient service delivery, to standardize and centralize the intake, screening and referral processes; test options to integrate program data across organizations and streamline reporting
- New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) + MinKwon Center for Community Action + Adhikaar for Human Rights: to develop a system to manage a shared first-time federal grant, standardize record keeping, templates for reporting to DOL, communications and data collection across language differences, and data to strengthen advocacy efforts
- BridgeBuilders Community Partnership, Inc. + Child Welfare Organizing Project: to develop a centralized, web based data base with remote access for managing program data, cross referencing clients’ program usage, and creating reports to analyze outcomes
United Way of New York City fights poverty across the five boroughs. We design and invest in evidence-based programs that help low-income New Yorkers achieve educational success, income stability and good health. We rigorously evaluate our work and use lessons learned to inform and advance citywide policies and practices that prevent and alleviate poverty citywide To learn more about our work and how to get involved, visit http://www.UnitedWayNYC.org.