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. Become a member and discover new ways to partner with SCF and other nonprofit colleagues and build new relationships!
2019 GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT GRANTS
General operating support, also known as unrestricted or core operating support, is an investment in a grantee’s mission rather than specific projects or programs. This kind of support allows grantees to use funds as they see fit to reach their goals—whether for salaries and overhead, to invest in technology, to hire a new staff member, or to fund a marketing campaign. General operating support can help nonprofits deliver programs and services, and help develop needed skills and abilities to sustain their organizations over time.
According to a report published by ASR entitled Foundation Giving Solano County and the Bay Area (2018 Update), our County’s per capita funding increased between 2012 and 2016 from an abysmal $3 to just $6 in foundation grants. Solano County is the most underserved and under-resourced community in the nine-county Bay Area region. Solano also has the highest rate of family poverty (9%) across the Bay Area, yet has fewer nonprofits headquartered in the county.
In 2018 Solano County hired Learning for Action, a San Francisco-based consultancy, to conduct a nonprofit assessment. The results indicated that the greatest deficit for the 52 nonprofits was ‘Revenue Generation’ - most respondents scored at the ‘poor to non-existent’ level. Further, most nonprofits indicated they simply lack the capacity to secure sustainable funding.
To help remedy the current situation, SCF will provide $50,000 in general operating support grants (up to $7,500 each, max) to nonprofits through a competitive request process. For 2019, this new annual grant program will fund organizations whose mission and focus concentrate on developing or delivering solutions to the crisis of homelessness, domestic violence and/or economic inequality.
Only NPP member organizations with a 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply. Provided below is the Request For Proposal (RFP) and the grant application form. The submission deadline is September 6, 2019.
NPP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
Our Nonprofit Partnership Program is offering "Nonprofit Professional Development grants to our nonprofit partners in an effort to be more responsive to the ever changing needs of our communities. The grant cycle is open from March 1, 2019 thru October 4, 2019.
These are small, competitive grants up to a maximum of $2,500 each, only available to NPP members. Funding will be awarded to nonprofits that need financial support to pursue professional development and training opportunities. We believe that with increased skills and abilities, staff and leadership will have more tools with which to build capacity and deliver their programs and services.
Funding is available for those seeking professional instruction, certification, or knowledge (e.g., attend a class, workshop, seminar, or conference). Requests are limited to three specific focus areas: leadership and management, fundraising and development, and marketing and visibility. Grant monies may be used for registration fees, training materials, and travel expenses. Applicants are expected to use their own funds to help meet expenses associated with long-distance travel and overnight lodging at a multi-day conferences and seminars.
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 the 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 you use, please return your completed NPP membership form to SCF via regular mail or hand-deliver it to the address below. Or, submit your form electronically as an email attachment to SCFthankyou@solanocf.org.
Solano Community Foundation, 744 Empire Street, Suite 240, Fairfield, CA 94533.
- Click here to register online. Select the workshop(s) you wish to attend and complete the registration form.
- To register by phone, call the Foundation at 707-399-3846.
- To register by email, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your contact information (phone no. and email address), the name of your organization, and the name of the workshop you wish 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.