Capacity Building Grant Recipients Celebrate Program Completion!
Pictured left to right are: Carolyn Cloyd, United Way of Coles County; Susan Love, Camp New Hope; Toq Lawrence, Mid-Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters; and Joedy Hightower, Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation.
The first-ever cohort of LFF’s DDEP program – Digging Deeper to Enhance Performance – celebrated recently at the Mattoon Lifespan Center. Executive Directors and Trustees exchanged stories highlighting their achievements and challenges.
As noted by Joedy Hightower, Executive Director of the Southeastern Regional Community Foundation, the DDEP process helped us create the policies necessary to make possible incredible growth in our assets this year!
Dr. Robert Luther, volunteer chair of The Foundation’s Lumpkin Family Fund Committee commented that, as impressive as each organization’s achievements have been, what’s most compelling is the their commitment to continuous improvement in the future.
The DDEP program helps individual organizational build their operating capacity as well as the larger nonprofit sector of Coles County. Launched in 2011, four organizations received DDEP grants for organizational assessments.
The assessment included reviews in each of four core operating areas: technology, financial sustainability, legal compliance and external constituents. Each grantee formulated a plan from their assessment which a second grant supported.
LFF will consider the possibility of another cohort in 2014 after the completion of its own planning process.
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