By: Jackie Kajos
Our 2011 Grant Round Launch was great, we had an even bigger turnout than we originally expected! Twenty-five nonprofits in the community were represented, ranging from theater groups to arts programs, and literacy organizations to community centers. We’ve expanded our definition of literacy to encompass and address more aspects of what it means to lead a fulfilling and prosperous life, and we are looking forward to investigating the new possibilities that this expansion allows. Partners on the Investment answered questions and got to know a little bit more about the interested organizations.
We went over the Investment Process timeline and what to expect. To paraphrase Partner David Griffis, the goal of our Partners and our organization is to help built capacity so that they can “do” more program, but not necessarily fund the program itself. Letter of Inquires and Datasheets will be due on June 2nd. The LOI and Datasheet is the place to convince us where your organization will be able to use our partners and our skills. Some important questions to consider include:
- How does your organization address community literacy?
- Is your organization ready for the next step?
- Is there enough infrastructure in place?
- Do you need both technical support in addition to funding?
- Does the culture of your organization mesh well with ours?
- Where can you use our partners skills?
- What areas of your organization need expertise?
Compel us and demonstrate to us your organization’s potential for innovation and growth, and most importantly show us how your organization and ours fits. We are anticipating the beginning of the review process, and our Partners are excited to see the great things your organization is doing for Pima County! Get in touch with us if you have any questions: email Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org!