Rating: 5 stars   22 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services

Location: 2001 S Street NW Suite 310 Washington DC 20009 USA

Mission: Fair Chance strengthens organizations that serve at-risk children and their families. We partner with promising nonprofits to build their capacity, grow their programs, and serve more children. Fair Chance strives to ensure that underserved children have access to quality programs that will enable them to follow their dreams.
Results: We are proud that since 2002, Fair Chance has strengthened 60 organizations and made a real difference in the lives of over 55,000 children, youth and families! Fair Chance improves the lives of children and youth growing up in Washington, DC's communities of greatest need. We partner with promising nonprofit organizations dedicated to making a positive impact on children and families living in high-poverty areas. Fair Chance work with these organization, allowing them to significantly increase the numbers of children and youth they serve, enhance the quality of their programs, and strengthen their organizational infrastructure. Our unique approach to capacity building builds long-lasting expertise within our partner organizations and is a free service to qualifying organizations. Our outcomes are dramatic: more effective sustainable organizations that are better equipped to meet the needs of the underserved communities in Washington DC. Our work also encourages the leaders of these organizations to improve their skills and follow their dreams. With your on-going support, we will continue to change the lives of many more children in the nation's Capitol. Our Successes with our Partner Organizations: - Raise more than $2 million in new funds - Recruit new board members with needed skill sets - Institute more sophisticated financial management systems - Hire and train new staff - Serve an average of 25% more youth - Increase their range of services and expand their programs reaching more youth and families
Programs: These achievements are the direct result of our unique capacity building strategies that focus on building sustainable, long-term nonprofit organizations through empowering leaders and building expertise.
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Fair Chance is intensely focused on understanding and addressing the needs of underserved children in Washington. They have an innovative, effective approach to building the capacity of nonprofits and strengthening the community one organization at a time.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, caring and knowledgeable

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

it could transform the nonprofit sector and the services provided in high poverty communities

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Fair Chance was a godsend to our young nonprofit organization. Due to our work with Fair Chance, we were able to improve our marketing and communications, fundraising, finance, and Board development systems. In addition, potential funders noted our partnership with Fair Chance as a sign that we were on the right track as a developing nonprofit and that we had the support we would need to continue our growth. We have been able to take advantage of the Fair Chance community of nonprofit partners and philanthropic supporters to strengthen our organizational infrastructure and capacity with speed and quality that could not have been possible without Fair Chance's support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our own organization's Board of Directors. Fair Chance staff played a vital role in educating our Board and laying the foundation for us to double our Board's size and revamp its structure to better meet our needs as a developing organization.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the relationships I've built with Fair Chance staff and nonprofit partner organizations.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, committed, knowledgeable, and skilled at balancing visionary ideas with day-to-day practicalities.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide longer-term in-depth support to its nonprofit partners and extend its reach to serve more and more worthy community-based organizations -- resulting in a stronger nonprofit sector able to support healthier communities.

Ways to make it better...

we could continue working as closely with Fair Chance as we did in our partner year.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

staff turnover. The two keys to Fair Chance's impact are the organization's model and its fantastic staff. The model will always be there; retaining staff for longer periods will help maintain the community connections that make Fair Chance's support so unique.

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