Orange County teams up with Rollins College to support nonprofit groups

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County has partnered with the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College to provide area nonprofits with the tools necessary to succeed in the post-pandemic environment.

The three-year, $4 million partnership will provide nonprofit training support through Crummer’s Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership.

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The program, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, will target small and diverse Orange County-based nonprofits.

According to a news release, “Empowering Good: A Nonprofit Capacity Building Project is designed to offer training in five key areas: impact measurement, innovation, financial management, fundraising and risk management.”

“Nonprofits play a central role in the wellbeing of our community here in Orange County. Despite increased demand for their services during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our community’s nonprofit organizations were being adversely affected by the pandemic in potentially devastating ways, directly impacting essential services in Orange County,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings. “Deploying American Rescue Plan funds in partnership with Crummer’s Edyth Bush Institute will help us provide the resources necessary to ensure the long-term success of our nonprofit community.”

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The cohort-style program will support up to 36 Central Florida nonprofit organizations every six months over the next three years. It will also offer organizational assessments and coaching for up to another 15 organizations for a total of 261 nonprofits, starting in September 2022.

Training throughout each year-long program will include workshops, assessments, coaching/consulting services and custom programming to address organization-specific challenges.

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“This exciting partnership with the Orange County government will reach beyond nonprofits to the many organizations and individuals who benefit from their programs and services,” said Dr. Deborah Crown, dean of the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. “Our incredible staff at the Edyth Bush Institute embrace this opportunity to further guide our local nonprofit leaders to continue to spark innovation and create jobs for our economy.”

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“Nonprofits play a vital role in directly improving the lives of individuals. Their contributions to this community and our economy cannot be overlooked. Yet the struggles with increasing demand for services and maintaining a robust workforce were real,” said Min Sun Kim, executive director of Crummer’s Edyth Bush Institute of Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership. “This program will allow us to address pandemic and post-pandemic challenges as well as to help leaders position their organizations for long-term success.”

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