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Fair Chance

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

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.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

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.



Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of serving on the board of Fair Chance for four and a half years, and have recently assumed the position of board chair. What struck me when I first got to know Fair Chance – and still strikes me today – is the unique way Fair Chance is able to reach into the communities we serve with both depth and breadth, through the relationships that our capacity builders foster with our partner organizations. This model allows us to serve a variety of seemingly different organizations that all share our goal of helping youth and families. As a fundraiser, the investment that people are able to make in the children of Washington by investing in Fair Chance is equally striking. As just one organization, Fair Chance is able to provide service to and thus ensure sustainability to more than ten other local partner organizations a year.



Rating: 5

From January to August in 2009, I led a pro bono project team from the Taproot Foundation to research, write, design, and produce new fundraising materials for Fair Chance. As I learned more about the organization, I became increasingly impressed with its unique business model offering free, high quality, one-on-one capacity building services to other local nonprofits. I also enjoyed a close working relationship with the Fair Chance staff, who amaze me with their dedication, responsiveness, knowledge, and passion for the cause. I highly recommend Fair Chance to potential corporate and individual donors (I have become one myself), as well as to future partners, employee candidates, and volunteers.



Rating: 5

As a new transplant to the DC region I needed to establish a network. I reached out to many leaders in the nonprofit community and I was impressed with how and what they said about Fair Chance. I wanted to align myself with Fair Chance because it was an organization that spoke to my values to strengthen nonprofits as they pursue excellence in meeting their mission. The beneficiaries of their services were not only the nonprofit organizations they partnered with to support but most importantly the youth that those organization's served. As a volunteer with Fair Chance, I invest my time because I believe in the far-reaching value and impact of capacity building. The Fair Chance staff is passionate and committed to supporting their nonprofit partners to achieve mission success. That's something we should all value. Building stronger nonprofits = Building stronger communities.



Rating: 5

Fair Chance fills a much needed gap in educating small non-profits in neighborhoods on how to more effectively operate their organizations. They've done a terrific job with identifying appropriate organizations and providing them with important organizational expertise.