The Omaha-Council Bluffs area presents a true dichotomy: on one side there is growth and prosperity while at its very center resides some of the most dramatic poverty in the nation. Most telling is the fact that of every ten black children in Omaha, six live in poverty -- the highest such rate in the nation (Omaha World Herald). Despite the challenges presented to them, local nonprofits have directed their efforts to meet the varying needs of the target area.
Cognizant of nonprofits' important role in addressing poverty and unemployment, the AIM Institute will implement the Compassion Institute of the Midlands (CIM) Project. The CIM project will specifically target nonprofit agencies serving East Omaha and West Council Bluffs to increase their capacity to serve the needs of their clients. The CIM Project will provide an array of technical assistance and training.
In support of the project, the following interrelated objectives will be achieved:
1. To increase the capacity of 200 nonprofit organizations serving the target area through training in the following capacity areas of leadership development, organizational development, program development, fundraising and community engagement by September 30, 2013.
2. To provide intensive technical assistance to 24 small to midsize nonprofit organizations, providing these organizations with the support and assistance to address identified capacity needs by September 30, 2013.
The Compassion Institute of the Midlands will offer a range of capacity building services to nonprofit organizations. All nonprofits will take a pre-assessment test identifying their capacity building needs. An array of trainings, varying in scope and intensity, will be held addressing the areas of organizational development, program development, collaboration and community engagement, leadership development, and evaluation of effectiveness. Customized technical assistance will be offered to 24 agencies through various platforms.