Grant writing is an essential part of any nonprofit’s survival; however, with the growing demand for services, the funds are very limited. Many local organizations do not have the proper training to be competitive in this process, so the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA) and the CenDel Foundation decided to step in and start the “Fellowship for Fundraising Excellence.”
“We have some incredible nonprofits doing very important work, but their success in sustaining or growing their programs relies on their ability to compete for grant dollars,” said CenDel Board Director Kathleen Hawkins.
This program is unique in nature, and designed to give smaller nonprofits a leg up when it comes to grant writing. The Fellowship for Fundraising Excellence will take place in five phases, over six months. During this time, the participating nonprofits will gain knowledge and understanding in the areas of financial management, outcome development and grant writing. The nonprofits will also be given additional time with a grant writer for personalized coaching and support.
The six organizations participating in this year’s fellowship are Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity, Arise, Hope Medical Clinic, Mom’s House, Minds Over Matter Initiative and Uplift the Community. The cost of this program was underwritten by Faw Casson, with additional support from Del-One Federal Credit Union, Merrill Lynch, and Delaware Electric Cooperative.
According to Sheila Bravo, President and CEO of DANA, “Nonprofits must articulate their effectiveness, not only in managing donor resources, but also in mission delivery. We hear from our philanthropy partners that communicating outcomes and program financials are no longer an option when considering grant awards.”
The CenDel Foundation works to improve the lives of all in Central Delaware through philanthropy. The Foundation manages charitable funds for individuals, families, businesses and organizations and distributes income from the funds as grants to humanitarian, educational, health and cultural entities throughout Central Delaware. The Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement is a membership nonprofit agency whose mission is to strengthen, enhance, and advance nonprofits and the sector in Delaware through advocacy, training, capacity building and research.