The Gifford Foundation has announced the third round of a capacity building initiative designed to assist grassroots organizations and organizations in the start-up lifecycle phase. Entitled POWER, which stands for “People & Organizations With Energy & Resilience,” the program aims to increase the strength and operating capacity of five area nonprofits.
The POWER 3 organizations are:
Firefighters of Color United in Syracuse (F.O.C.U.S.) was established in 1994 in an attempt to create a liaison between our Black and Latino Brothers and Sisters within the Syracuse Fire Department, to promote interracial progress throughout the Fire Service, and to teach the community about the importance of Fire Safety.
North Side Learning Center works to aid in adult and youth literacy development, and to be instrumental in teaching self-sufficiency and self-actualization to newcomers in our community.
The PGR Foundation (Pretty Girls Rock) is a networking and community service activity volunteer mentoring program that strives to introduce young women to talented professional individuals that have overcome challenges, have successful businesses, and skills.
Purpose Farm is a free youth mentorship program and animal rescue. Purpose Farm pairs youth ages 6-18 who have emotional trauma from neglect and abuse with animals that have been rescued from similar circumstances.
The Image Initiative enhances and empowers the lives of young women from underserved populations by instilling pride through mentoring and educational initiatives.
POWER was designed using concepts developed by organizational consultant Dr. Susan Kenny Stevens of the Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute. This “meet them where they are” method is known as the “Lifecycle Approach” to capacity building. Consultant Maria Fibiger of Three Dog Consulting will again serve as project leader, training and overseeing local consultants.
For the next twelve months, these specially trained consultants will each spend 85 hours working with assigned organizations’ leadership teams to guide a self-assessment, develop a capacity building work plan and provide ongoing coaching and support. The organizations will participate in facilitated learning sessions on a variety of topics, providing them with an opportunity to network and learn from their peers. After each organization completes an assessment they will be provided with a grant to support a capacity building project.
Past POWER program organizations include 100 Black Men of Syracuse, CNY Arts Center, David’s Refuge, Good Life Foundation, Helping Hounds Dog Rescue, Believe in Syracuse, Cuse Pit Crew, Dance Theater of Syracuse, Onondaga Earth Corps, Open Hand Theater and RISE (Refugee & Immigrant Self-Empowerment).
For questions about the program contact Megan Wagner-Flynn.