Guidestar reports that nonprofit organizations “continued to take
a beating during the first five months of 2010.” For example,
eight percent of respondents indicated that their organizations
were in imminent danger of closing.
Community-based organizations interact with members of the
community on a daily basis and are often located in
neighborhoods. They have unique and important insight into the
challenges and opportunities facing residents in their area.
Staff at these organizations are often from the ethnic and
cultural populations of the residents and understand the cultural
and ethnic approaches that work best in engaging the residents in
any endeavor. Usually a community based organization will have
staff who speak the language(s) of the surrounding community.
Importantly, people in the neighborhood trust community- based
organizations to understand their unique situations and to offer
sound advice and provide appropriate services. For more
information, click here.
At its January 2010 meeting, the Institute board was
privileged to hear from Colin Lacon, President, Northern
California Grantmakers. Colin thoughtfully described a variety
of opportunities for collaboration between local agencies
and the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.
The development of this online resource center followed.
The center collects:
Resources to assist local
officials in considering collaborations with nonprofit