Fair Chance is a unique organization in Washington, D.C. As an intermediary organization providing technical assistance to enhance the capacity of youth serving nonprofits in the city, the work of its remarkable and talented staff has served as a life line to many organizations that are making a significant diffenence in the lives of many in underserved communities in the city. The impact of the services provided has long lasting impact in the life and development of the nonprofit organizations that it serves. Its leadership and staff are committed to the success of young people in Washington, DC. Its model teaches youth serving nonprofit organizations "how to fish" so they may be successful in the long term rather than "give them a fish" for short term sustinance. One such program supported by Fair Chance helps prepare high schoolers for college and experienced a 100% rate of acceptance to college for all program participants. These young people will clearly have an advantage in the job market and their ability to give back to their communities. My many years of work with nonprofit organizations and in the field of organization development make me know this is an important approach to organizational capacity building. Fair Chance is an organization that is making a difference and adding to the long term positive impact on and of young people in DC. Fair Chance ROCKS!!
As the founder and current board member of Fair Chance I have had the unique opportunity of watching Fair Chance thrive over the past eight years. It has been an honor to be a part of an organization that without question makes a measurable difference in the lives of children and families in Washington D.C. The results speak for themselves. Since 2002, Fair Chance has worked with 40 youth and family organizations and has positively impacted the lives of over 20,000 children. And, thanks to the Fair Chance partnership over 93% of the organizations that we have worked with continue to thrive! In addition, thanks to the Fair Chance partnership, on average our partners are able to double the number of children they serve and triple their annual fundraising income. When people ask me what makes me most proud about founding Fair Chance the answer is simple. I am proud to know that the organizations that Fair Chance supports will continue to be around for years to come to serve the children and families that are truly counting on them. Why invest in Fair Chance? Three reasons. 1. By investing in Fair Chance your dollars are leveraged. You are not simply investing in one charity, you are investing in the future of over 40 thriving youth and family organizations. 2. It is a thoughtful and strategic investment. Your dollars are spent strengthening the organizational infrastructure and guaranteeing the sustainability of these thriving nonprofits. 3. By investing in Fair Chance you are able to make an impact on a variety of issue areas including education, health, job training, and mentoring to name a few.
I had the privaledge to serve on Fair Chance's Board of trustees for several years. Fair Chance is a dedicated, necessary organization working successfully to improve the lives of Washington DC children who are living in poverty. During FC's partnerships local organizations are taught essentials skills to increase their ability so successfully help thier target population. Partner organizations learn how to apply for funding, develop their internal organization, expand their services, and thrive for years to come.
I first got involved with Fair Chance about 2.5 years ago. I was struck by the mission and the fact that an investment in Fair Chance helps many small non profits in DC that have great visions but don't have the capability to grow or sustain. I first got involved with the organization's search for a new Executive Director. I am proud that I was part of the process to bring on such an experienced and effective leader for the organization. After spending a year on the Board, I accepted the role of Treasurer which I have held for a little over a year. As Treasurer, I see first hand how Fair Chance can help so many worthy non profits with a fairly limited budget. Fair Chance manages expenses and negotiates pro bono support that can be leveraged by many of its partners. I have had the opportunity to talk to the leaders of several Fair Chance partners and they are incredibly appreciative of the help Fair Chance has given them and attribute a lot of their success to this partnership.
As a Fair Chance board member for over a year, I have been honored to serve with such a hands-on, motivated board and dedicated, resilient staff. In the past several months, I have spent significant amounts of time interviewing the executive directors of the nonprofits with which Fair Chance has partnered. What has impressed me most is the truly transformative effect our capacity building has on these dynamic, community-based nonprofits serving youth, children and their families in Wards 5-8 of Washington, DC. To a person, these executive directors have discussed how Fair Chance has helped to stabilize, strengthen, and sustain their organizations in areas like board development, fundraising, financial management, human resources and succession planning. It is obvious to me that there exists a direct correlation between having a stable, sustainable community-based nonprofit and the positive outcomes these nonprofits can achieve. Moreover, Fair Chance has truly developed the leadership skills of these executive directors, who now feel more effective in their roles as leaders of their organizations. One executive director gave me the following apt analogy of the relationship between her organization and Fair Chance: her organization is the mission, the heart, and Fair Chance is the structure, the skeleton that protects and nutures that heart to ensure that it can do great works in the community. That's a great way to think of what Fair Chance does at its best.