Wichita Community Foundation invests additional $100,000 in nonprofit professional development
Wichita, Kan. – The Wichita Community Foundation will continue funding for the organization’s grant program, Magnify, to increase the potential for career advancement and development for nonprofits and the individuals who serve these organizations.
“The nonprofit sector has an immense economic impact in our community,” said WCF President and CEO Shelly Prichard. “We want to make sure that nonprofit staff are equipped with necessary skills to be able to maximize their efforts. Magnify allows fundraising professionals to engage in continuous learning to set their organizations up for success.”
After this round of Magnify, WCF will have dedicated $400,000 to nonprofit professional development in two years. Last year, 62 organizations received a share of $300,000 for the program.
Magnify supports professional seminars and training opportunities not covered by normal operating expenses for Wichita area nonprofits. In this year’s program, funding will be available for staff members who work at Wichita area nonprofits to attend identified trainings at The Fund Raising School in Indianapolis. Courses being funded include:
- Fundraising for Small Nonprofits
- Principles & Techniques of Fundraising
- Developing Annual Sustainability
- Proposal Writing & Grant Management
One of the 2017 Magnify grantees, Lori Gonzales, Chief Program Officer at EmberHope, Inc., said the program impacted her in this way:
“It allowed me to think outside of my standard, everyday box,” said Gonzales. “I came back with insights into new ideas and programs that are surrounding us and happening in other states and ideas on new ways to meet consumer needs and how to partner with others.”