ACT is pleased to announce that seven local nonprofits are the recipients of its 2016 Capacity Building Grants. Congratulations to the following organizations, Alexandria Soccer Association, Carpenter's Shelter, Community Lodgings, Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) of Arlington, Rebuilding Together Alexandria, The Reading Connection and Together We Bake. The $70,000 in total grant awards will increase the nonprofits' effectiveness in delivering services through strategic planning, improved technology, and better volunteer management. This funding is made possible by ACT's Community Investment Fund, Bruhn-Morris Family Foundation, Martha & Scott Harris Fund, Mason Hirst Foundation, Maury Lane Fund and numerous individual donors.
The organizations received the following in awards to fund capacity building projects:
- Alexandria Soccer Association: $7,500, Strategic planning
- Carpenter's Shelter, $10,000, Implementing a new volunteer management system
- Community Lodgings, $15,000, Implementing a new client management database
- Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) of Arlington, $15,000, Implementing a new client management database
- Rebuilding Together Alexandria, $7,500, Program evaluation
- The Reading Connection, $5,000, Grant writing capacity
- Together We Bake, $10,000, Fund development planning
(ACT's Capacity Building grantee partners at the annual grantee luncheon)
Ultimately, the grants will help these nonprofits to identify gaps in services and organizational strengths, allowing them to better serve the needs in the community. "These investments reflect ACT's longstanding commitment to helping local nonprofits maximize their impact in the community," says John Porter, President and CEO of ACT, "We are proud to work with these organizations as they provide valuable services to thousands of individuals and families in Alexandria."
In the past nine years, ACT has given more than $800,000 to local nonprofits through its Capacity Building Grants initiative. Over the decade, ACT, in partnership with its charitable fund holders, has given more than $8 million to local nonprofits. To date, ACT stewards more than seventy funds, set up by individuals who wish to have a lasting impact on the community through charitable giving.