Nonprofit Capacity Building Program 2011
Title: Marlboro College
Lead intermediary: Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT
Additional organizations: United Way of Chittenden County, Burlington, VT, leader in systems of performance measurement (SPM) in the state; United Ways of Vermont, Burlington, VT, represents all nine United Ways in Vermont and has existing relationships with small to midsize nonprofit organizations (NPOs); Common Good Vermont, Burlington, VT, provides online networking, resources and technical assistance in capacity building; Vermont Commission on National and Community Service, Waterbury, VT, oversees AmeriCorps throughout the state and has connections with small to midsize NPOs; Vermont Community Foundation, Middlebury, VT, largest foundation, has a strong commitment to nonprofit SPM and connects with funders statewide.
Brief summary: Benchmarks for a Better Vermont (BBVT) will strengthen the capacity of small to midsize NPOs through a networked response to make significant, sustained improvements in the priority areas of healthy futures, education, and economic opportunities. Using Results-Based Accountability (RBA), the program will raise awareness about SPM then create a ladder of opportunity that will begin with a basic training followed by a formal assessment and competitive process to select 15 small to midsize NPOs for a 75-hour, 16-month intensive Performance Institute. BBVT will also facilitate a grant makers discussion circle focused on SPM. Upon project completion, small to midsize NPOs will have standardized performance measures for the three priority areas and the ability to leverage additional training and financial resources. BBVT will also enhance the consortium partners' respective strengths, build on existing resources and relationships, and bring new resources to the effort.
Geographic area: The state of Vermont.
Number of NPOs: Provide basic training for 100 small to midsize NPOs, assess 75, and select 15 to participate in the Performance Institute.
Amount of request: $200,000