ABOUT THE NONPROFIT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (NPP)
The NPP Program was launched in April of 2009. It is supported in part, by annual membership contributions from partnering organizations and individuals. It is designed to strengthen, develop and serve Solano County nonprofits by enhancing organization visibility and needs, and assist in their development and capacity-building efforts.
Through capacity building workshops and grant opportunities, NPP promotes partnerships with and between our local nonprofits, individual donors, the business sector, community leaders and decision makers.
Visit the NPP Fund page to join NPP, make a donation to the program, or learn about grants made to local nonprofits in the early years. Become a member and discover new ways to partner and build new relationships with nonprofit colleagues!
2019 NPP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
Our Nonprofit Partnership Program is offering "Nonprofit Professional Development & Capacity Building" grants to our nonprofit partners in an effort to be more responsive to the ever changing needs of our communities. The grant cycle will open on March 1, 2019.
These small competitive grants, up to a maximum of $2,500 each, will be awarded to NPP members that need financial support to pursue professional education, training and capacity-building opportunities. We believe that with increased professional development, organizations will have more tools with which to develop capacity and grow their programs and services.
Funding is available to support and train organization leadership, board members and staff who are seeking professional instruction, certification, or knowledge (e.g., attend a class, workshop, seminar, or conference). Requests are limited to these specific focus areas: leadership and management, fundraising and development, marketing and visibility, and assessment and capacity building. Grant monies may be used for registration fees, training materials, travel expenses, and lodging. To help meet expenses associated with long-distance travel, overnight lodging at a multi-day conference, special meals, or related excursions, applicants are expected to use their own (or their organization’s) funds.
Each request will be judged on its own merit. SCF will make an award decision and notify applicants of their funding status within 7 to 10 working days. For approved requests, the grant award check will be processed within two weeks from receipt of the request. Only NPP member organizations with a 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply. Organizations interested in applying for funding should first read the eligibility and application instructions provided below, then complete and submit their grant application form.
- 2019 NPP Professional Development Grant Eligibility & Application Instructions
- 2019 NPP Professional Development Grant Application Form
HOW TO BECOME AN NPP MEMBER
Membership is open to everyone; nonprofit organizations, businesses and corporations, government entities, and individuals. Each Program membership costs
$75 per calendar year. NPP workshops are only open to NPP members. Larger organizations may wish to obtain more than one membership as each membership allows for the reservation of two seats at any or all NPP workshops offered. Please call the Foundation if you have questions about joining NPP or about paying the membership fee. Follow these steps to become a member:
- Download and save a copy of the NPP Membership Form. Provide your contact information by typing directly on the form. You may also print the form and provide handwritten information (but please do so legibly).
- Make your check payable to Solano Community Foundation, or click here to access the NPP Fund page and make your online payment through PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account).
- Regardless of the payment method used, please deliver or mail in your completed membership form to:
744 Empire Street, Suite 240, Fairfield, CA 94533.
- Click here to register online. Make your choice and complete the registration form.
- To register by phone, call the Foundation at 707-399-3846.
- To register by email, send a message to email@example.com with your contact information, the name of your organization, and the name of the workshop you want to attend.
- You may also visit our offices and register in person.
2019 WORKSHOP LOCATION & SCHEDULE
All workshops and meetings will be conducted at SCF, in the Buck Training Center located on the second floor.
Click on this link to view and download our 2019 NPP Monthly Workshop Schedule.
New for 2019 - SCF is introducing a three-part 'best practices' training series for nonprofit board members. The topics and content presented are designed to familiarize and equip members with tools and resources needed to help them function at a high level of leadership. These sessions will begin at 5:00 p.m. and end at 7:00 p.m.
- All NPP Workshops and the Board Training Series will be held on Wednesdays.
- Preferred room seating capacity is 25. Registration for a seat at any of our workshops is made on a "first come - first served" basis. We reserve the right to limit the number of attendees from a single organization if seating availability is at or near capacity.
WORKSHOP TOPICS AND AREAS OF INTEREST
Solano Community Foundation offers free workshops to Nonprofit Partnership Program members as a benefit of joining. NPP workshops cover topics of interest for the staff, volunteers, and board members of nonprofit organizations, and interested community members.
Workshop topics for 2019 include a board governance series, finding funders, nonprofit resources, proposal writing and building budgets, operating a nonprofit like a business, social media and visibility, strategic planning, nonprofit finance, and H.R. best practices.
Workshops are facilitated by experienced and qualified trainers and presenters who share their knowledge and skills with attendees and encourage them to participate. Content presented and materials provided are geared toward current "best practices." Most workshops focus on organization development and capacity building, i.e., improving the performance and success of nonprofits in delivering their programs and services.