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CFO picks 5 nonprofits for fundraising consulting program

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Community Foundation of the Ozarks is launching a new nonprofit fundraising training program.

Called Catalyst for Capacity, CFO chose five nonprofits to participate in a pilot project in partnership with Springfield’s People Centric Consulting Group and the national Network for Good, according to a news release.

“CFO believes that nonprofit agencies are the grease and the glue in many aspects of our communities,” President Brian Fogle said in the release. “Our mission is to help strengthen nonprofits so they can be as effective as possible in providing their much-needed services. We also have presented many of our nonprofit programs in cohort-style training so participants can learn from each other as well as from the resources we will provide.”

The nonprofits in the pilot program are Arc of the Ozarks, Ozarks Regional YMCA and The Victim Center in Springfield, the Cape Girardeau Public Schools Foundation and LovinGrace in Joplin.

CFO is underwriting the program with $30,000 from its fiscal 2020 discretionary grantmaking budget, and to participate, each nonprofit is contributing $1,000, according to the release.

National nonprofit consulting firm Network for Good will sign up each nonprofit with a fundraising coach, and People Centric will work to improve the agencies’ organizational structures. Network for Good also will provide fundraising and donor-management software.

Zach Clapper, director of philanthropic services for CFO, said cohort-style nonprofit programs the organization previously has conducted led to leaders asking for fundraising-specific training.

“The Catalyst for Capacity program was designed to increase their fundraising abilities along with strengthening their internal structures. We hope that these two focuses will lead to long-term success,” he said via email.

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