James Irvine Foundation;
From 2008 to 2010, twenty-seven community organizing nonprofits in California took part in an unusual and ambitious statewide initiative, Strengthening Organizations to Mobilize Californians (the "Initiative"). Funded by three leading foundations -- The James Irvine Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and David and Lucile Packard Foundation -- the Initiative sought to help nonprofits strengthen their organizations by focusing on such key areas as leadership, decision-making, communication and fundraising.The premise was that stronger organizations could better meet the needs of communities and give their residents more of a voice in civic life. Thus, through the Initiative each foundation sought to support its broader purpose, from improving educational opportunities and access to health care to increasing civic engagement and reforming California's governance system to better reflect the state's diversity.The Initiative specifically explored how different approaches to working with organizations supported change. How did peer exchanges compare with trainings that relied more on expert input? Would convenings enable the kind of networking that organizations need to develop and build momentum for their ideas? How much additional benefit would nonprofits derive from additional coaching time? Findings from the Initiative hold implications for other philanthropic staff members who seek to design, implement and improve capacity building.The insights and lessons presented in this report were distilled through an assessment process that included:A review of data gathered through Event Feedback Forms completed by participants at each activity and event over the course of the InitiativeA post-Initiative survey administered online to all participating organizations, with a response rate of 39 individuals representing 24 out of 27 organizations (89%)Two focus groups attended by 10 executive directors and senior staff from participating organizationsReflective conversations with the foundation partners
National Council on Crime and Delinquency;
This resource guide is part of a larger effort to develop a new youth center in the Chinatown area of Oakland. The planning for a youth center (a process known as the Chinatown Youth Center Initiative, or CYCI) has been underway since 2007, with involvement from over 20 community based organizations, public agencies, and local elected officials, as well as a youth advisory council. The CYCI is convened by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.This guide focuses on organizations that provide youth services in one or more of the three categories listed above and that have an Oakland location. The guide's geographic focus is on organizations and programs that operate in the greater downtown, Chinatown, or San Antonio neighborhoods of Oakland, although this publication is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all youth-serving organizations in these areas.