COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING FUNDING INITIATIVE Information Session February
COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING FUNDING INITIATIVE Information Session February 2016 AGENDA About Deaconess Foundation Community Capacity Building: Our Approach
Engagement Model Annual Grant Cycle Application Requirements
Key Dates Contact Information ABOUT DEACONESS FOUNDATION ABOUT DEACONESS FOUNDATION Vision Deaconess Foundation envisions a community that values the health and wellbeing of all children and gives priority attention to the most vulnerable. Mission In the spirit of our faith heritage, the mission of Deaconess Foundation is to
improve the health of the Metropolitan St. Louis Community and its people. ABOUT DEACONESS FOUNDATION Deaconess mission began in 1889 when the Deaconess Sisters were trained to care for the poor and sick in St. Louis. Deaconess Foundation is a ministry of the United Church of Christ. Since 1998, the Foundation has invested more than $75 million to improve the health of the St. Louis region. DEACONESS GEOGRAPHIC FOOTPRINT ABOUT DEACONESS FOUNDATION To advance our mission 1. We focus on the mission of helping the most vulnerable.
2. We seek change. 3. We listen. 4. We see the bigger picture. 5. We invest time and expertise, as well as funds. 6. We develop long-term relationships. ABOUT DEACONESS FOUNDATION to fulfill our promise to the community. Healthy, hope-filled futures for children benefit us all. Our Approach
COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING Collaborative engagement and investment with diverse partners to strengthen the regions capability to achieve better outcomes for children and youth Deaconess seeks to: mobilize diverse constituencies through community engagement;
expand knowledge by resourcing and informing translation of research into public policy; leverage relationships with the faith community and capacity building expertise to increase advocacy; and focus mission-related monetary distributions on efforts with potential for systems-level impact. Community Capacity Building
ENGAGEMENT MODEL ENGAGEMENT MODEL 1. Community Engagement 2. Advocacy 3. Financial Investment Deaconess Impact Partnership Deaconess Nursing Scholarships Church-related Grants Small Grants Annual Grant Cycle Financial Investments
ANNUAL GRANT CYCLE ANNUAL GRANT CYCLE Preferred methods for funding: 1. Mobilize an empowered community engaged in effective action that builds public will and advances child well-being 2.
Activities: Award grants to nonprofit organization engaged in advocacy to improve public policy impacting children and youth; and Support strategic organizing efforts that amplify the voices of parents and youth within Deaconess geographic footprint. Support work through networks/coalitions (issue or place based) Activity Award grants to collective impact networks that increase their capacity to focus
on children and youth. ANNUAL GRANT CYCLE Strategies informed by research (all can be found at www.deaconess.org) 1. Leveraging Limited Dollars, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy 2. Collective Impact, Stanford Social Innovative Review
3. Many Hands, More Impact, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations 4. Building Transformative Youth Leadership, Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing ANNUAL GRANT CYCLE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION ADVOCACY GRANTS Key Findings
Advocacy is when nonprofits promote a policy or idea and encourage others to adopt it (NCRP) Every $1 invested into advocacy returns $115 in community benefit Nonprofits advocate for efficient and effective
use of public funds; many reforms do not require government revenue ANNUAL GRANT CYCLE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION ADVOCACY GRANTS Selection principles based on research 1. Leadership by and mobilization of affected communities; 2.
Participation in coalitions; 3. Application of racial equity lens; 4. Legal advocacy; and/or 5. Electoral engagement as complementary strategy.
ANNUAL GRANT CYCLE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION ADVOCACY GRANTS Eligibility Criteria Projects must advocate for an improved policy or community process which results in better outcomes for vulnerable/at-risk/low-income children; Organization must have 501(c)(3) status or signed agreement with a nonprofit fiscal agent; Project must advocate at the local, regional, state and/or national level; Project must impact children and/or youth in Deaconess geographic footprint.
ANNUAL GRANT CYCLE COLLECTIVE IMPACT NETWORK CAPACITY GRANTS Key Findings Collective Impact - the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem.
Different from other collectives, because it involves: (1) a centralized infrastructure, (2) a dedicated staff and (3) a structured process. Social issues arise from the interplay of government and commercial activities. Thus, complex problems need to be solved by a collective effort. ANNUAL GRANT CYCLE COLLECTIVE IMPACT NETWORK CAPACITY GRANTS
Selection principles based on research Demonstration of five conditions: 1. Common agenda; 2. Shared measurement systems; 3. Continuous communication;
4. Mutually reinforcing activities; and 5. Independent backbone support. ANNUAL GRANT CYCLE COLLECTIVE IMPACT NETWORK CAPACITY GRANTS Eligibility Criteria
Focus on long-term, intractable challenge for children and/or youth; Illustrate multi-sector participation; and Has a signed agreement with a 501(c)(3) organization to serve as its fiscal agent. ANNUAL GRANT CYCLE YOUTH ORGANIZING SUPPORT Key Findings Participants in youth organizing gain knowledge and skills to understand and
change social inequalities. Young people who are involved in organizing increase their educational motivation and aspirations. Young leaders feel a sense of urgency about their work as related to their own abilities and impact on the community.
ANNUAL GRANT CYCLE YOUTH ORGANIZING SUPPORT Selection principles based on research Engagements are aimed at: Organizing affected youth/young adults to take collective action on their own behalf; Training youth/young adults in methods of
community organizing; Teaching youth/young adults to analyze systems and community level issues; and Leading a direct action in an effort to solve an issue affecting youth/young adults. ANNUAL GRANT CYCLE
YOUTH ORGANIZING SUPPORT Eligibility Criteria Train youth and/or young adults in the methods of community organizing; Represent grassroots, parent or student-led organizations or affected communities; Has a signed agreement with a 501(c)(3) organization to serve as its fiscal agent; and Amplifies the voices of affected communities in the St. Louis region. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS 1.
Modified Missouri Common Grant Application can be accessed at www.deaconess.org 2. Application narrative 3. Financial documents KEY DATES April 1 - application and supporting documents due by 4 p.m. to
[email protected] May 20 - Grant awards will be announced. June 1 Grant cycle begins. June 4 - Grant awards will be issued at Deaconess Children at the Center event to be held at Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT Dr. Brandon D. Haynes Director, Community Engagement [email protected] (314) 436-8001
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