Boat People SOS, Westminster, CA
Nonprofit Capacity Building Program 2011
Neighborhood Empowerment and Support through Teamwork (NEST) -- Gulf Coast will further our goal of rebuilding the distressed communities along the Gulf Coast spanning from Bayou La Batre, Alabama to Biloxi, Mississippi. These communities face significant resource hardship challenges because residents are still struggling to recover from the series of recent natural disasters when the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill severely affected their livelihood. We will build capacity for 15 small and midsize nonprofits, defined as having an annual budget of $250,000 or less, in performance management and fund development. We will focus on those addressing disaster services, economic opportunity healthy futures, and education. We will customize a standard performance management framework to reflect the particular needs of each recipient and will develop monitoring/evaluation instruments accordingly. We will track the progress of each recipient using a service plan that includes specific milestones and timelines. In addition, we will make training workshops available to 20 additional local nonprofits. We will connect all participants to the existing network of local nonprofits for best practices sharing, thus creating a learning community that outlasts the project period. We will utilize BPSOS' local facilities to conduct training, and will leverage both local issue experts and in-house trainers from BPSOS' national headquarters. BPSOS is a national organization with branch offices operating in the proposed service area since 2006. For the past 15 years, our NEST initiative has assisted close to 70 nonprofits with a combination of technical assistance and subgrants (exceeding $4 million). The proposed project is an expansion of the NEST initiative implemented in the Gulf Coast of Alabama in 2009-2010 with funding from the Compassion Capital Fund. We seek $200,000 in funding over two years. The match will come primarily from private donors and foundations.