Community Organization Finds Funding

From Culver City to From Culver City to Carson, Lynwood to Ladera Heights, leaders of nonprofit organizations serving residents in South Los Angeles attended a series of free leadership workshops. With the goal of helping non-profit organizations achieve greater sustainability, programmatic effectiveness, and financial strength, the seven-month training was designed to help participating groups strengthen and expand their capacity to serve their constituents. Founders, executive directors and other leaders of nonprofit organizations expressed appreciation after going through the program.

IMG_1396One participant, Melissa Wyatt, Executive Director of Foundation for Second Chances attended and credits the workshop for the recently awarded three-year $1.1M contract from the Department of Labor for a Youth Build program.

“I truly appreciate the Second District Capacity Building and Leadership Development Program,” Wyatt said. “The workshop was so inspiring and motivating that I knocked the budget and compliance part out of the park.”

Foundation for Second Chances is a community-based organization, which utilizes hands-on education, mentoring, health awareness and community service to maximize the potential of youth.

The Second District Capacity Building and Leadership Development Program is supported by a collaborative partnership between Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the California Community Foundation, the Empowerment Congress, and Community Partners. The program provided training and resources to help with fundraising, board effectiveness, civic engagement and financial accountability.

“Nonprofits have to be prepared to transition – there’s nothing to celebrate about doing things the way they always have been done,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas told participants at the culmination of the program. “Innovation coupled with accountability is fundamentally key to success of our human services infrastructure.”

Nancy Harris, executive director of Holman Community Development Corp., which helps with youth employment, and job readiness training, housing and education, said, “Our nonprofit is at an interesting stage where we need to take it to the next level. This process that we went through at the Supervisor’s lead has really helped me clearly see what our next level is.”
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