Plan Builders Program

Washington NonprofitsGrays Harbor Community Foundation announces its partnership with Washington Nonprofits to bring the Plan Builders program to nonprofit organizations in Grays Harbor County.  Plan Builders strengthens Grays Harbor communities by helping nonprofit leaders working on communities’ most pressing issues to lead their organizations through the development of a strategic plan for long-term impact.

Plans Builders is a five-month program that brings together a cohort of ten nonprofit leaders who will lead their organizations through the building of an organizational plan.  The program will give leaders a safe space in which to share their experiences and build plans, led by an experienced nonprofit leader, Dave Coleman of BoardTrek Nonprofit Consulting based in Lakewood, Washington.  Coleman is excited to be working with Grays Harbor nonprofits: Someone once said, “Begin with the end in mind.”  Couple that sage advice with a clear understanding of where you are today, and the stage is set for the heroic effort of building a viable plan for the future.  I’m looking forward to partnering with Grays Harbor nonprofits in the thoughtful process of plan building for a better future.

Developed by Washington Nonprofits and supported by Grays Harbor Community Foundation, Plan Builders addresses the need for small nonprofit organizations to develop plans that guide their work.  In the 2012-2013 nonprofit survey administered by Washington Nonprofits, only 24-percent of organizations taking the survey statewide stated that they have a strategic plan, and 51% said that they have a budget. Grays Harbor most likely reflects the statewide reality that most nonprofits are small and stand to benefit from a focus on plan building for long-term impact.  “This program is so timely because it is in perfect alignment to the needs we hear our local nonprofits sharing with us. Plan Builders is a way to efficiently bring resources to our community so that they can continue to grow and do the wonderful work they do every day,” said GHCF Program Officer Cassie Lentz.

Plan Builders is accepting applications between now and September 3, 2013.  The program begins in late September and runs through January 2014.  Applications are available through the Foundation.

About Grays Harbor Community Foundation

Since 1994, Grays Harbor Community Foundation has worked to improve the quality of life in all communities throughout Grays Harbor County.  It works to build the capacity of local nonprofit organizations through its nonprofit forum and targeted funding.

About Washington Nonprofits

Washington Nonprofits is Washington’s state association for nonprofits. Its mission is to build a strong, collaborative network of nonprofits serving Washington communities through advocacy, education and capacity building.  It implements programs that raise the knowledge, skill, and connections of nonprofits within communities and the sector as a whole.  http://www.washingtonnonprofits.org.

Contact

To learn more about Plan Builders in Grays Harbor, please contact:

Cassie Lentz, Program Officer

705 J Street, Hoquiam WA  98550

Office: (360)532-1600

Fax: (360)532-8111

cassie@gh-cf.org