Strategic Partnership Report: More Than $1 Million Raised From Partnerships

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July 28, 2014 – Effective nonprofit organizations are critical for the health and vitality of any community. But economic instability has created challenges for the entire nonprofit sector, forcing leaders to try to address community needs while also balancing already tight budgets.

These growing challenges have prompted some to consider dramatic new levels of collaboration to ensure future sustainability of the vital community services they supply. Specifically, local organizations have been turning to the Central New York Community Foundation’s Strategic Partnership Fund. And for good reason.

As of this year, local organization mergers, affiliations or collaborations formed from the Foundation’s Strategic Partnership grants have secured more than $1,091,915 in new revenues. The Central New York Community Foundation has awarded more than $310,000 in Strategic Partnership grants, and these groups also saved more than $6 million by sharing supportive services and creating other efficiencies that would not have been possible if they continued to operate alone.

Central New York Community Foundation President Peter Dunn explains: “The Strategic Partnership Fund supports and creates synergies between nonprofits, enabling them to enhance program delivery and achieve more effective and efficient use of limited resources.”

The Community Foundation’s Strategic Partnership Fund awards grants to cover the expenses associated with creating new collaborations between nonprofits. Typical expenses include professional, legal, human resource management, information management, organizational development and/or technical assistance required to accomplish a desired change.

“This initiative supports the courageous and creative organizations that are working to preserve and enhance services to our community,” said John Eberle, Vice President of Grants & Community Initiatives at the Foundation.

Here is a list of just some of the grants awarded from the Fund since inception:

  1. Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse & The Salvation Army – $25,000
  2. Child Care Solutions & Child Care Council of the Finger Lakes – $15,915
  3. Contact Community Services & Mental Health Association – $7,500
  4. Cultural Resources Council (CNY Arts) & Partners for Arts Education – $25,000
  5. Foundation for Jewish Home (Menorah Park) & Jewish Family Services – $10,200
  6. Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways – $25,000
  7. Enable/Transitional Living Services (TLS) – @25,000
  8. Metropolitan Development Association & Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce – $25,000
  9. Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce & Cayuga Economic Development Agency – $25,000
  10. H. Lee White Marine Museum – $10,000

Funding is available to organizations within Onondaga, Madison, Cortland, Cayuga and Oswego counties for all stages of collaboration — from exploration and due diligence to implementation.

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Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $172 million. It awarded $9.5 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested nearly $130 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 650 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.

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