Survey Results Guide Support for Nonprofit Partners

Community Foundation Santa Cruz County makes space for nonprofit leaders to learn, grow and advance.  For more than 20 years, we have helped our local nonprofit workforce build skills, hone leadership, and find their path forward in social change work. We are proud of this legacy and remain committed to playing this role in the field. During the spring of 2018 we surveyed our local nonprofit partners to better understand their professional development needs and how the Community Foundation can be of service.

What You Told Us

Some clear themes emerged from the 117 responses we got from a diverse cross-section of local agencies: 

Nearly half of those surveyed say what they are able to invest in professional development isn’t nearly enough to meet needs.

Finding the time is the biggest barrier. A majority (54%) agreed that what got in the way was an inability to prioritize time for professional development. Affordability was also key.

Fundraising support and training tops needs. Fund development was also cited as the primary area that, if improved, would make the biggest impact on their organization’s work.   

To read the full summary of survey responses, click here.

Our Response to Your Needs

As promised, the survey results will shape the nonprofit education and management assistance programming that we offer. Offerings in 2018 reflect what the survey confirmed:

  • Affordability, top-tier trainers, relevant topics, peer learning: Our free 3-part series in June on effective fundraising, board engagement, and measurement for impact helped 15 organizations learn best practices in key issue areas and connect with their peers.
  • Building boards: Our April BoardMatch mixer enabled 23 nonprofits to meet 50 new board prospects. Some, like NextStage Productions, onboarded new trustees straight away.
  • Hands-on learning, organizational strategy & assessment: Our February session on program planning helped 20 organizations develop strong logic models to better understand and communicate their mission impact.
  • Communications & marketing help: Our spring training series jumpstarted social media engagement and digital marketing efforts for more than 30 Human Race groups.
  • Strengthening real connections in the field: Our June meetup fermented collaborative thinking and personal connections between 6 local funders and 25 nonprofit partners.

More to Come

Building the capacity of our nonprofit partners remains a priority, and will be even more visible in our grantmaking this fall and beyond. We’re busy designing the next offerings to meet your needs and will continue to spotlight opportunities available from our partners, like the upcoming Individual Donor Development Academy or the LEAD Institute. Sign up for our e-news or bookmark our workshops page to see more.

Got an idea for a training opportunity or want to consult on a specific topic? Call Director of Engagement and Impact Kevin Heuer at 831.662.2030.