Nonprofit Sustainability

  • Overview

    The California Community Foundation envisions a Los Angeles where all nonprofit organizations are sustainable and viable. We aim to provide nonprofits with the tools they need to achieve their missions with greater efficiency and impact.

    At the core of our grantmaking we ask: how can we best support our nonprofit partners on their journey to creating long-term systemic change in Los Angeles County?

    We believe sustainable nonprofits have a strategic plan, strong leadership and an engaged board. In addition, they have an established financial position and are continually improving and partnering with others. Our goal is to support and encourage our nonprofit partners on a path toward long-term sustainability. To do so, we equip our grantees with critical tools, including:

    • Strategic/Business Model Planning
    • Financial Leadership
    • Board Development
    • Collaborations and Restructuring through the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative (NSI)
    • Leadership Development and Succession Planning

    Karla V. Salazar
    Senior Director, Sustainability
    213-413-4130 Ext. 222
    ksalazar [@] calfund [.] org

    Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative (NSI)

    The Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative (NSI), CCF and its funding partners seek to foster long-term partnerships for nonprofits that are interested in exploring strategic restructuring. For more information, please contact Lynn Alvarez, Project Manager via email at alvarezlynn@sbcglobal.net.

    To view a list of technical assistance providers and training opportunities for nonprofits in areas such as financial management, board development and fundraising techniques visit our Nonprofit Resources page.

  • Nonprofit Sustainablity Initiative (NSI) Guidelines

    Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative

    The Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative (NSI) is a foundation collaborative working to support Los Angeles nonprofit organizations interested in exploring and pursuing strategic restructuring, from jointly managed programs and consolidated administrative functions to full-scale mergers or acquisitions.

    View our Lessons Learned and Feedback from NSI Nonprofits at our July 9, 2015 convening.

    This application is designed for organizations ready to move into structured discussions aimed at developing a strategic partnership (e.g., administrative consolidation, program consolidation, mergers, etc.). Organizations are not committing to a specific outcome, but rather to enter into good faith negotiations. The goal is to ensure that organizations have every opportunity to thoroughly explore all issues associated with a strategic partnership and to reach an informed decision that best serves their mission and the community.

    For grant administrative purposes, potential partners will submit a joint application. One organization will be identified as the applicant and the other organization(s) as the partner. The applicant organization will be responsible for receiving a grant for consulting services associated with the exploration and negotiation of issues associated with the form of partnership being pursued and paying the consultant of their choice according to the payment schedule in the consultant contract.

    Therefore, the applicant organization must include a copy of a proposed consulting contract from consultant(s) identified by the participating organizations. The contract should include: (1) proposed scope of work; (2) project work plan/timeline; and (3) project budget/payment schedule. Your selected consultant must have previous experience in facilitating strategic restructuring negotiations.

    In addition to the completed application and copy of the proposed consulting contract, each of the applicant partners must submit a board resolution signed by the board secretary or chair indicating that the board has agreed to enter into good faith negotiations of a strategic partnership. A sample resolution is provided with this application. Grants typically range between $20,000-40,000.

  • NSI Eligibility

    Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

    • Demonstrated commitment to entering into strategic restructuring negotiations;
    • Impact of a strategic restructuring on the clients and communities served by the partner organizations; and
    • Well-designed consulting contract with clearly articulated costs, goals, timeline and benchmarks.

    Sample Application

    A sample application is available for review prior to beginning the online application process. Actual applications are only accepted via our online NonprofitConnect portal.

    Required Attachments

  • NSI Criteria

    This is a competitive application process and not all requests for funding will be awarded.  Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

    • Demonstrated commitment to entering into strategic restructuring negotiations;
    • Impact of a strategic restructuring on the clients and communities served by the partner organizations; and,
    • Well-designed consulting contract with clearly articulated costs, goals, timeline and benchmarks.
  • NSI Grantees: Pre-Negotiation Survey and Final Report

    NSI Pre-Negotiations Survey

    • If your organization has been awarded an NSI grant, you are required to complete the Pre-Negotiations Survey as part of your grant award.
    • A sample survey is available for review prior to beginning the survey.
    • Surveys must be completed by each NSI grantee partner, not just lead agency.
    • SURVEYS MUST BE COMPLETED VIA SURVEYMONKEY HERE.

    NSI Final Report

    • If your organization has been awarded an NSI grant, you are required to complete final report survey as part of your grant award.
    • Reports must be completed one month following the conclusion of your negotiations.
    • A sample final report is available for review prior to submission.
    • Final reports must be completed by each NSI grantee partner, not just lead agency.
    • FINAL REPORTS MUST BE COMPLETED VIA SURVEYMONKEY HERE.
  • NSI Deadlines

    Applications will not be reviewed until all Board resolutions have been included with the application form. Typically, applications submitted by the following dates will receive a decision within six weeks of the application deadline. You are welcome to submit the application at any time.

    • June 16, 2017
    • August 18, 2017
    • October 13, 2017
    • December 1, 2017
  • NSI Application
  • NSI Consultant List

    CREATING AN NSI CONSULTANT LIST

    The NSI has received feedback from organizations interested in applying for funding and from existing NSI grantees that they would welcome access to a list of consultants that are experienced in conducting strategic restructuring negotiations. This is an effort to provide such a consultant list.

    • Organizations applying to the NSI are NOT required to use consultants from the list. The NSI does not warrant or guarantee the work of the consultants on the list.
    • The list and the information provided by each consultant are meant only to provide guidance, information, and resources.
    • Selecting a consultant from the list does NOT guarantee that the request for NSI funding will be granted.
    • Nonprofits are encouraged to contact multiple consultants and conduct their own due diligence in determining which consultant is the best fit for their anticipated project.

    APPROVED CONSULTANTS Consultants who have been approved to date for inclusion in the NSI Consultant List are listed below in alphabetical order. Please click on each link to view additional information provided by each of the consultants with their background, areas of expertise, previous strategic restructuring efforts, and references.

    HOW CONSULTANTS ARE INCLUDED IN THE LIST
    Consultants interested in being included in the list are requested to submit an application through the Request For Qualifications link. Their response to the RFQ is assessed based on the following criteria:

    1. Complete answers to all questions and sections;
    2. Knowledge of nonprofit capacity issues;
    3. Significant paid work experience in the nonprofit sector or as a consultant to nonprofits; and
    4. Demonstrated experience working on at least one strategic restructuring negotiation.

    Individuals or firms meeting the above qualifications are placed on the NSI Consultant List. There is no deadline for responding to the RFQ and the NSI Consultant List will be updated on an ongoing basis as qualified consultants are approved.

    The NSI is committed to supporting and increasing the cultural competence and diversity of consultants providing strategic restructuring services to Los Angeles area nonprofits. As a result, we encourage consultants and firms with a diverse staff (people of color, women, LGBTQ, and those with disabilities) to respond to this RFQ.

  • NSI Resources

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