Portland Leadership Foundation’s Center for Communities grows the impact of the non-profit sector through capacity building, idea incubation, and new initiatives critical for underrepresented communities. Focused on leveraging the unique strengths of our clients, our team of professional consultants craft a tailor-made strategy for each organization we serve and idea we launch. We are relational, we are strategic, and we are focused on improving outcomes as we seek the peace of the city.
What is CFC?
Each non-profit seeking to engage our capacity building initiative will take a pre-assessment. Depending on how our team assesses the targeted areas of improvement for an organization, we recruit specialized consultants to help the non-profit organizations develop in a minimum of two of the following areas:
- Mission, Vision, and Values
- Program Capacity
- Fundraising Development
- Board Recruitment and Development
- Program Outcome Measurement
- Strategic Planning
- Creative Partnership Development
Memorandum of Understanding
Upon acceptance into the program, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is developed between the Center for Communities, the team of consultants, and the selected non-profit to clearly outline the expectations of engagement. Portland Leadership Foundation awards capacity-building grants to nonprofit organizations that exceed expectations, display innovated approaches, and demonstrate leadership in the social sector.
The capacity building process
Relationship Building and Assessment
We believe relationships are the foundation on which any consulting work begins to take root. All capacity building projects start with these five steps:
- Submission of application to Center for Communities
- Client organization completes preliminary assessment
- Interviews with Board Member, Executive Director, and Staff Person
- Consultant team completes Consensus Report
- CFC staff completes Organizational Executive Summary
Consulting and Collaboration
Upon completing the first assessment phase, a team of consultants are matched to tailor-make a capacity building strategy for the client organization.
- Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Signed
- Executive Director Coaching
- Large Group Training
- Small Group Think Tank
- Individual Development Plan
The Center for Communities’ process is designed to measure the differential between the beginning and end of our capacity building work.
- Goals set in MOU and Individual Development Plan
- Regular reporting on predetermined desired outcomes
- Completion of final assessment
- Final Consensus Meeting
- Score Determined
The Idea Incubation Process
PLF’s incubation process includes
- Dreaming together in agitation
- Writing it down (Developing a concept paper
- Validation phase (Meeting with key Portland leadership to share idea
- Public “quiet phase” (Partnership finalization)
- Public launch