Project Announcement: Community Leadership Project
We are thrilled to announce that we have been selected once again as one of the technical assistance providers for the Hewlett, Irvine & Packard Foundations’ jointly funded Community Leadership Project.
For the past three years, we have been working with the Community Leadership Project to help 20 small-budget, minority-led nonprofits learn how they might better leverage technology to support their day-to-day mission-based work. In addition to an in-depth assessment and recommendations for technologies they could use, the organizations also received mini-grants of $5,000 and were invited to participate in workshops topics such as technology planning and social media.
"At the beginning of this grant I would say we were at 5 for organizational leadership attitudes toward technology and now we are at a 9 (out of 10). We are now constantly looking to improve in this area any chance we get because we do see the value of technology." -- Community Leadership Project Participant
The goal of the Community Leadership Project over the next three years (2013-2015) is to increase the sustainability of small, community-based organizations serving low-income people and communities of color in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Coast, and San Joaquin Valley.
Our role in this next phase will be similar to what it was for this first round - to provide baseline technology capacity assessments, reports of findings and recommendations for improvements. However, in this next round we will focus on how technology plays a critical role in the three focus areas of the project: leadership development, change management and financially stability.
Additionally, we will:
- collaborate with other technical assistance providers and intermediaries at the outset of the project to ensure technology concerns are a key component of the overall project - including the RFP process for the small organizations seeking assistance.
- work in conjunction with the efforts of the other technical assistance providers and intermediaries to offer more in-depth technology planning and support services including individual staff member assessments, tech inventories, one-on-one consulting and opportunities for peer learning.
- conduct post-project surveys and in-person interviews with the participating organizations to evaluate the progress made during the project.
Photo courtesy of Community Leadership Project participant 3rd i South Asian Independent Film.