826 National requests $200,000 over two years to support its work to build the organizational capacity of its eight current chapters, and any new chapters that may open during the grant period, as well as to provide training to other emerging organizations working in the informal, after-school education space.
826 National's current chapters are small to mid-size independent nonprofit organizations located in and serving low-income neighborhoods in the following cities: Ann Arbor/Detroit, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Each annually serves between 1,000 and 5,000 under-resourced students, aged 6-18, with innovative educational programs designed to improve writing skills and academic success. Since 2002, the organizations have become the leading nonprofit writing centers for youth and our model has been replicated by numerous other organizations.
During the grant period, we will disseminate and help 826 organizations implement evaluation systems that will measure the impact of their programs on the students they serve. We will also provide training to the organizations' staff members and Boards on fundraising and management topics including creating an annual fundraising plan, soliciting donors, grantwriting, securing corporate sponsorships, retaining talented staff and working with Boards.
To accomplish this, we will offer an annual in-person training, and an annual web-based training six months later. In the interim months, we will conduct technical assistance conference calls for executive and fundraising staff. In addition, each quarter we will offer our "101 Seminar," which is open to the public. This training is geared to individuals interested in building and sustaining their own nonprofit education organization serving youth.
Should we receive funding from the National Service Corporation, we have secured a cash match. The grant would represent approximately 10% of our budget each year.