Next Steps for Small Nonprofits

Next Steps for Small Nonprofits

If you are like many small nonprofits in Monterey County, you have a track record of delivering a strong program, but the dream of tackling projects to strengthen your nonprofit’s infrastructure often gets stuck on the back burner. Next Steps for Small Nonprofits aims to help make that dream a reality for eight local organizations.

Grantmaking “Plus” Wrap-around Support

Next Steps is unique because it offers money (general operating support for three years) to help stabilize your organization plus training, coaching and support to make your infrastructure plans a reality. With board members and other stakeholders who are open to learning and change all moving in the same direction, it can set the stage for you to take these transformative next steps.

Kaki Rusmore, Director, Center for NonprofitThe focus is on strengthening management and leadership. It’s not just meant for scaling up. You identify what’s meaningful for your sustainability and work to achieve that. – Kaki Rusmore, Director of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE)

To qualify, you can either be a nonprofit with 501(c)3 status, or have another nonprofit agree to serve as your Fiscal Sponsor. All eligibility details and requirements are available on CFMC’s website at: The deadline to apply is 5 PM Friday, March 4. Decisions will be made and grants will be awarded in June 2016.

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More CNE Resources

If you miss the deadline or aren’t eligible to apply for Next Steps, the CNE has additional resources to help move your nonprofit to the next level.

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