- Timeline: Applications open on June 8, 2020, and will be due July 17 by 5 pm. Cohort members will be announced by the end of August with the first cohort gathering to take place virtually in late September
- Number of cohort organizations that will be accepted: 12
- Length of cohort engagement: 2 years
Cohort Program Model
The 2-year Capacity Building Initiative (CBI) for Family Engagement cohort will engage 12 nonprofit or fiscally sponsored organizations in a participant-driven capacity building model to empower families in K-12 educational systems. This program is built on a hybrid of self-determined, individualized capacity building activities coupled with cohort learning and relationship building. This multifaceted approach will include 5 areas:
1. Organizational Assessment
- Propel Nonprofits’ strategic consultants will conduct an organizational assessment for each participant to better understand organizations’ needs and opportunities.
- Assessment results will be used to develop a custom capacity building plan, goals, and timeline.
2. Grant Support
- Grants totaling more than $1 million will be distributed during the 2-year cohort to the 12 organizations in the following category areas: general operating, professional development, capacity for change, and opportunity funds. All grantees will be required to submit financial and program updates.
- Organizations will participate in 1 to 2 all-group convenings annually, including a program launch, to form connections and share achievements, aspirations, and common capacity goals. At least one convening will focus on collaboration.
4. Learning Labs
- Organizations will participate in quarterly nonprofit management/leadership training on topics including fiscal management, evaluation, donor relations, communications, board development, and more, based on organizational assessments and program participant input.
5. Responsive Technical Assistance
- Propel staff will provide one-on-one support, acting as a partner, guide, and coach as organizations implement their capacity building plans.
- Existing nonprofit or fiscally sponsored organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and serving BIPOC communities through family engagement programming.
- Executive director identifies as BIPOC OR 50 percent of voting board members identify as BIPOC
- Paid executive director and at least one staff member dedicated to family engagement programming
- Primary constituents are members of BIPOC communities
- Based in the 7-county Twin Cities metro area
Ideal cohort participants are organizations that meet the above criteria and:
- A track record of family engagement with education systems such a parent advocacy, education, and resource navigation
- Family engagement project goals and desired outcomes that they are actively working toward
- A desire to invest in capacity building such as leadership development, infrastructure, technology, or financial management
- Energy and interest in collaborating for systems change and are willing to share learnings and outcomes, both during and after the cohort engagement
- Annual organizational budget under $2 million
Interested in applying?
Request for Proposal, which includes the questions to respond to for the application
Informational webinar: After registering for this optional informational webinar, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
We’re grateful to the following partners for helping to design and inform this new initiative:
- Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson, Advancement and Communications Officer, Youthprise
- Antonio Cardona, Director of PUC-Oak Park Center, Pillsbury United Communities
- Theresa Gardella, Vice President of Programs and Operations, Nexus Community Partners
- Karen Kelly-Ariwoola, Chief Operating Officer, Northside Achievement Zone
- Neeraj Mehta, Director of Learning, McKnight Foundation
- Dan Rodriguez, Executive Director, Merrick Community Services
- Tiffany Scott Knox, Director of Promise Neighborhood, Wilder
Don’t hesitate to reach out!
Naima Farah, Program Manager