Up to 14 Local Non-Profits to Receive Training on Making Their Organizations More Successful Thanks to Catalyst Fund Grant
Consultants to Offer Monthly Workshops Beginning Next Spring
New Britain, Conn., November 17, 2015 – Up to 14 local non-profits will receive expert training beginning next spring on a variety of key management challenges ranging from fundraising and marketing to making their organizations more efficient thanks to a series of workshops funded by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain’s Catalyst Fund.
Members of the Catalyst Fund – a hands-on, grass-roots “giving circle” of local citizens who want to give back to Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington – recently chose Danosky & Associates of New Milford, a highly-regarded consulting firm specializing in helping non-profit organizations improve capacity building, the challenge facing all non-profits today in a time of decreased government funding, increased costs, higher demand for services and an ever-competitive environment for grant funding.
The Community Foundation is now developing an application process that will allow a limited number of non-profit organizations serving Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington to take part in the training sessions, expected to begin in February or March. Formal applications are not expected to be available until sometime in December. To express interest in applying, local non-profit organizations should send an e-mail indicating interest to Kim Duncan at email@example.com.
This year’s Catalyst Fund award marks a departure for the group. Now in its 13th year, Catalyst Fund members have traditionally awarded a $10,000 grant annually to a single non-profit organization addressing the group’s chosen community challenge. In choosing capacity building as its issue for 2015, the group opted to use its grant to help multiple local organizations.
“This is an ideal way for Catalyst Fund members to broaden the impact of the grant they award to many non-profit organizations that deliver important services within our four towns,” said Joeline Wruck, Director of Community Initiatives at the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.
The selection of the Danosky & Associates proposal was based on input received in a survey of local non-profit organizations conducted earlier this year by the Foundation. Danosky & Associates will offer four, three-hour workshops in the following areas: Marketing and public relations, fundraising, strategic/succession planning and organizational efficiency. Expert facilitators in each area will conduct the workshops, which will also include comprehensive training materials along with a three-hour follow-up session later in 2016.
The Catalyst Fund is a group of caring citizens dedicated to improving the towns of Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. Three times per year, members gather to learn about a member-chosen issue facing the community, and to consider funding requests from charitable organizations addressing the issue. The group awards an annual grant of $10,000. In the 13-year history of the Catalyst Fund, members have donated more than $100,000.
For more information about the Catalyst Fund or how to become a member, contact Kaylah Smith firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 229-6018, ext. 305.
Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain is “Where Good Begins” in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. The Foundation works to inspire philanthropy, manage permanent charitable assets effectively, and partner to address key community issues through strategic leadership. For more information, visit www.cfgnb.org