With a belief that strengthening the effectiveness of community based organizations will ultimately improve the quality of life in our community, United Way of Saskatoon and Area is pleased to announce new funding in the amount of $100,000 for capacity building grants.
“This announcement is welcome news to community-based organizations”says YWCA Saskatoon Executive Director, Barb MacPherson. “Capacity building is key to CBO’s remaining relevant and strong to serve our communities and there are very few funding sources to assist with the exploration, assessment and design activities that ensure strong, healthy, growing organizations.”
United Way’s work is focused in three specific areas – moving people from poverty to possibility, building healthy people and strong communities, and helping kids be all that they can be. One strategy in which United Way will achieve impact in these areas is to strengthen the network of services and capacity of human-service agencies in our community.
Capacity building projects encompass whatever is needed for an organization to more effectively and efficiently achieve its mission; projects which strengthen the foundation of the organization.
“Capacity building is not just about the capacity of a nonprofit today — it’s about the future. Distinct capacity building projects such as identifying a communications strategy, improving volunteer recruitment, developing a leadership succession plan, identifying more efficient uses of technology, and engaging in collaborations with community partners — all build the capacity of a charitable nonprofit to effectively deliver its mission in the future. When capacity building is successful, it strengthens a nonprofit’s ability to fulfill its mission over time, and enhances the nonprofit’s ability to have a positive impact on lives and communities.” (National Council of Nonprofits).
As our community grows so does the demand for the programs and services that human-service organizations are delivering. The importance of investing in further building the capacity of these organizations is greater than ever. United Way’s announcement for funding is timely as The Saskatoon Community Foundation has also announced funding for capacity building which further demonstrates the need and importance of investing in this area.
For additional information please refer to the documents below, or contact United Way’s Manager, Community Investment & Agency Relations at 306-975-7700.