Capacity Building Resources

Nonprofit organizations are the heartbeat of our local community. Because of their dedication to service, our communities are a safer, happier, and healthier place for everyone. TFEC believes that for the nonprofit organizations in our community to be best equipped to meet their missions, they need assistance to continually improve internally to create a sustainable and effective organization, whether financially, programmatically, or organizationally.

Survey & Results

TFEC saw the unique circumstances that impacted our local nonprofit community and partnered with Helix Strategies, LLC, to determine what these organizations needed from funders and what they saw as emerging areas of need in both the short-term and long-term. 

The information gathered from only organizations within our geographic footprint: Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry, and Northern York Counties so that our findings would be the most applicable to the local community.  

TFEC uncovered concerns of nonprofits in both the short-term and long-term and needed areas of support and feelings regarding fundraising efforts in 2021.  

Some significant highlights of the survey: 

Of those surveyed, 35.9% answered not very, not at all, or unsure how confident they were that current donor relationships and/or fundraising strategies will cover their needs next year. They attributed this answer to the lack of ability to implement a specific fundraising strategy, host an event, or nurture key relationships. 

Respondents cited New Funding and Employee Commitment as the two main factors that positively impact their organization during this pandemic. 

Click here to view a summary of the results.

Session Archives:

May 13, 2021 Engaging your Board, Volunteers, and Team During this Difficult Time

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June 15, 2021 All Things Funding and Fundraising

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July 20, 2021 All Things Operations and Programming

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