Nonprofit Effectiveness Pilot – About Our Work

Foundations rely on strong, healthy organizations to achieve progress in solving the region’s most pressing issues. Yet, many nonprofits routinely face organizational challenges, from major staff transitions to capacity gaps, and have access to limited amounts of targeted support to address these challenges.

In recognition of this gap in support for organizational capacity building, the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation launched the Nonprofit Effectiveness Pilot, which provided funding and resources to nonprofits to provide targeted support. The pilot began in 2018 and was designed help strengthen nonprofit effectiveness, enabling them to do their work better and enhance their impact. The model included not only grant funding for a capacity-building project, but also cohort-based organizational development training and peer-to-peer engagement.

LVCF is evaluating the pilot to understand the impact and discover learnings. So far, LVCF has  discovered a lot about organizational capacity building, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we finalize our finding in the Spring of 2021, we will begin to share our learnings and stories of the pilot.

How LVCF defines Nonprofit Effectiveness

Nonprofit effectiveness includes both of the following: 1) Organizational Health: the ability to function effectively, cope adequately, change appropriately, and grow from within; and 2) Organizational Resilience: the ability of an organization to anticipate, prepare for, and respond and adapt to incremental and/or sudden changes in the environment in order to survive and prosper.

Nonprofit effectiveness areas include strong governance, sound management, and efficient operations.

Below is a list of previously funded projects

2019-2020 Funded Projects

Category

Organization Name

Project Name

Smart Operations

Bethlehem Area Education Foundation

Data Management Tool

Sustainable Business Model

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley

Creating a Sustainable Business Model

Sustainable Business Model

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

Planned and Individual Giving Fundraising Plan Development and Implementation

Smart Operations

Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley

Communities In Schools Intranet

Smart Operations

Community Bike Works

SOS2: Smarter Operations and Staffing, Year 2

Sustainable Business Model

Humanitarian Social Innovations

Sustainable Growth for Maximum Community Impact

Sustainable Business Model

Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL)

Development & Marketing of LVCIL Consulting Program

Smart Operations

Third Street Alliance for Women & Children on behalf of the LV Regional Homelessness Advisory Board

Lehigh Valley Regional Homeless Advisory Board Capacity Building

Implementation and Improvement

Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley

Mining, Measuring & Managing Data to Increase Volunteer Engagement & Traffic

Clarity of Purpose

Young Women's Christian Association d/b/a YWCA Allentown

YWCA Allentown’s Strategic Plan for Empowerment, Equity, and Social Justice

 

In 2019-2020, through a partnership with Two Rivers Health and Wellness Foundation, both LVCF and Two Rivers Health and Wellness Foundation funded the following projects:

Smart Operations

Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley

HCLV Capacity Building - Manager of Operations

Smart Operations

Safe Harbor Easton

Organizational Culture and Core Values at Safe Harbor Easton

 

Two Rivers Health and Wellness Foundation fully funded the following projects:

Sustainable Business Model

Equi-librium

On Firm Footing: Ensuring Long Term Success and Viability

Smart Operations

Easton Area Community Center

EACC Smart Operations - Staff Optimization and Development

 

2018-2019 Funded Projects

Category

Organization Name

Project Name

Clarity of Purpose

Bethlehem Area Education Foundation

Five Year Strategic Plan (2020-2025)

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley

Minority Recruitment Initiative

The Right Leadership

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

Sabbatical Preparedness and Implementation Grant

Smart Operations

Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley

Communities In Schools Intranet

Smart Operations

Community Bike Works

SOS: Smarter Operations and Staffing at Community Bike Works

Smart Operations

Easton Area Community Center

EACC -  Smart Operations- Staff Optimization and Development

Implementation and Improvement

Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley

HCLV Staff Development and Program Assessment to Advance Effective Case Management Services Delivery

Sustainable Business Model

Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL)

LVCIL Consulting Program

Strategic Collaborations

Third Street Alliance for Women & Children on behalf of the LV Regional Homelessness Advisory Board

Lehigh Valley Regional Homeless Advisory Board: Strengthening our Strategic Collaborations

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Young Women's Christian Association d/b/a YWCA Allentown

Cultural Competency and Racial Justice Training