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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

Fair Chance has been an excellent partner for us as we try to support nonprofit agencies in Wards 7 and 8 of Washington DC. We have funded Fair Chance several times over the years including our most recent grant of $50,000 for general operating costs. The ED has been a thoughtful and thorough leader, bringing a great deal of business and development experience to the organization. Fair Chance partners well with other nonprofits in the community and serves as an excellent source of information and support. The Board has really developed its own strengths over the last year and has been careful to plan strategically for the future, particularly during the economic downturn. One of the Fair Chance partners, Mentoring Today, is a prime example of the knowledge, management tools and financial stability that Fair Chance has helped a small group develop, leading to more students served and a better community overall.



Rating: 5

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.