A local capacity building initiative was launched in 2019 to help support nonprofit leaders and organizations in Chautauqua County. A nonprofit assessment survey was conducted to provide insights across seven key competency areas, feedback was given on organizational strengths and opportunities for improvement.
The next steps include designing a collective approach to capacity building in our county that will include both short-term and long-term goals. Immediate next steps were identified to help provide access and promote training opportunities for resources, tools and best practices across the seven major competency areas.
In response, several new resource pages have been developed on the Chautauqua Grants website:
- Nonprofit Resource Directory– linked to articles, tools and best practices across the seven major competency areas.
- Trainings, Workshop and Professional Development
- Other Regional Funding Opportunities
Hosted by the Chautauqua Region and Northern Chautauqua Community Foundations Give Big CHQ is a 24-hour online fundraising day that occurs annually the second Thursday of June. Nonprofit (501 c3) organizations can register and create a fundraising page. On the day of the event donors can make donations to nonprofits of their choice, and those dollars go directly to support those organizations. Since 2018, more than 2,500 donors have come together to generate over $620,000 for local nonprofits as part of this annual event.
The local capacity building work is also connected with the regional efforts of the WNY Nonprofit Support Group that is working across nine of our neighboring counties.
An initiative of the WNY Nonprofit Support Group, Catchafire is an online platform that matches nonprofit organizations and their projects with skilled, mission-minded professionals who want to support and contribute to nonprofits work. Launched in June 2020, local funders joined with other regional funders to sponsor nonprofit’s memberships for an 18-month period. Learn more about the initiative and participating nonprofits here.