About the Sustainability & Funding Workgroup
One of the most often-quoted truisms is that nonprofits should seek as much diversity in their revenue streams as possible.
Sustainable funding is critical to any organization as we scale and plan for the future. It’s easy to get used to traditional types of funding – and become dependent on them.
The decision to pursue additional revenue streams is a vital question of strategy for any nonprofit. There’s no substitute for understanding the ins and outs of an issue and then smartly applying them to your own situation. This is one of the primary reasons for this workgroup’s existence, to help develop grant application best practice trends for New Mexico non-profits.
Most nonprofits are heavily – or even fully – dependent on philanthropy. Philanthropy alone is no longer sustainable for most growing nonprofit organizations. Developing a sustainable funding strategy should be a priority as you budget, plan, and prepare for the future.
Perhaps the government grant does not pay full costs of the service required to fulfill it, and therefore requires otherwise precious unrestricted money to supplement a specific contract. And perhaps the social enterprise demands more than its fair share of staff attention—producing more angst than cash. The fact is that every revenue source requires some transaction costs: money, time, and attention. Every revenue source has its own level of restriction, from complete to none at all, and this affects autonomy and adaptability.
Join our workgroup for meaningful discussions, insights, grant writing tips, and best practices. This workgroup brings together individuals seeking funding. CDPC will act as convener and warehouse of grant information.
This web page is under construction...more complete information will be updated as our workgroup grows!
Network and build relationships with other organizations. Develop partnerships and collaborate with entities across the state/region. Share knowledge, resources, databases. Co-write/co-apply for grants.
Find and secure resources to support our communities / youth / clients. Write and apply for funding/find resources. Secure funding for professional training and education. Increase the capacity of our organization as well as our partner organizations
Increase education and skills. Build our own knowledge / awareness and skills with grants and funding. Provide grant writing education, training, and courses. Increase skill sets. Locate presenters with expertise. Develop budgets and clarify budget narratives.
CDPC Grant Workshops
CDPC's next grant workshop:
Grant Writing Done Right - Part II
November 17th, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jay Blackwell, MA
Umoja Behavioral Health, PC
Chair of CDPC Sustainability & Funding Workgroup
Jay is the Director of Programs at Umoja Behavioral Health PC in Albuquerque, NM where he continues to utilize his extensive background in public health, community development and organizational excellence by participating in several community and regional activities. He previously consulted with the US Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of Minority Health and Resource Center. There, he focused on assisting underfunded and underserved communities and organizations. For the last two decades, his professional services in the public health field have included assisting his clients improve health care access and treatment services to at-risk populations. Mr. Blackwell is considered an expert trainer and facilitator in organizational infrastructure and resource development strategies and techniques.