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!!
The Parklands Community Center was one of the first nonprofit organizations that received capacity building funding and support, back in the day. It was during a time when our board was falter and funds were down. Thanks to Amanda and Fair Chance our Board got back on track, and their guidance helped us to become more effective in soliciting more funding for our year round programming that served as a safety net for children and youth living Ward 8. So many thanks and I am glad to see Fair Chance still around helping other nonprofits serving people in need. Brenda H. Jones Executive Director Parklands Community Center CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF CARING AND SHARING!!
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.
Fair Chance allowed our organization, Resources for Inner city CHildren (RICH), to grow up. Administratively challenged, we were helped at various times by everyone at FC's offices, whether it was Board development, strategic planning, or building better communications tools. FC is the ultimate force multiplier for our city's underserved youth.
Urban Alliance is a youth development organization that provides DC youth with internships, mentoring, formal training and support. We were extremely fortunate to have been a Fair Chance client from 2003-2004 and we have continued to benefit from being a Fair Chance alum ever since. Fair Chance came in at a crucial time for us when we were strengthening our infrastructure and just beginning to create marketing materials. We were grateful to benefit from their expertise and train staff in areas that were not our strengths. Furthermore, being a Fair Chance client gave us the opportunity to attend their workshops and network with other nonprofits in the DC area which expanded our reach and allowed us to provide holistic services to our youth.
Here at Helping Inner City Kids Succeed, Fair Chance has been our capacity builder for four months. Our personal one on one session with Reggie Grant at Fair Chance has been outstanding. Fair Chance has been helping us enhance everything we been doing and has helped us to be more strategic about our approaches. If it wasn't for them, we would still be all over the place trying to do everything. They have truly been a blessing to us, and more organizations need this type of mentorship from the loving organization. GO FAIR CHANCE!!!
Brainfood became a Fair Chance partner in 2009. Like most small nonprofits, Brainfood was constantly deciding between investing limited resources in infrastructure or serving one more client. We typically erred on the side of bringing more youth into our program. This was usually an easy, but short-sighted decision. Lack of infrastructure directly impacts our ability to serve youth over the long haul. Fair Chance makes it possible for us to continue investing limited resources in our clients, while also upgrading our infrastructure and making us more sustainable and effective.
Along with a colleague, I started a nonprofit organization in 2002 to serve incarcerated youth in Washington, DC. By a huge stroke of luck, we found out about Fair Chance and were granted a capacity building partnership in 2006. We called that the year that we attended "Fair Chance University." I learned so much about what it takes to build and manage a successful nonprofit. I honestly believe that without Fair Chance's guidance and support, we would not be here today. Because of Fair Chance, we developed a strong and forward looking budget, sound fiscal management policies, a communications strategy which included the development and launch of our organization's website, built a strong working board of directors and most importantly, hooked into the unparalleled network of nonprofit organizations serving children and families East of the River. Rather than competing with each other for the limited funds available to nonprofits in the city, Fair Chance partners are a unique bunch of caring individuals who work together sharing ideas and resources because we all have the same goal of lifting up the children and youth that we all serve. The staff at Fair Chance nurtures and engenders this collaboration. Fair Chance is like family to us. Even though our partnership is technically over, they have continued to advise and guide us over the years. If they don't have the answer to our question, they know who does. I would advise anyone who is just beginning to build a nonprofit organization to apply for a partnership with Fair Chance!
In 2007 I founded and now direct One World Education, a Fair Chance partner and DC-based non profit organization. In just one year, our Fair Chance partnership has greatly expanded our organizational model and programs impact. Our Fair Chance capacity trainer works with our team and board of directors to ensure our organization's structure and policies reflect the mission and accomplishments of our programs. Over the last year, Fair Chance has led our team in the development of our logic model, program evaluation and strategic plan. Additionally, our partnership has allowed us to meet and work with other emerging non-profit organizations in the Fair Chance community to address common challenges and to collaborate resources. I highly recommend Fair Chance to program directors who are committed to building and strengthening their organization with best practices and seeking the professional guidance to succeed and be sustainable. Eric Goldstein One World Education www.oneworldeducation.org with the capacity building support of Fair Chance.
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.