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                Strengthening
          Communities Fund
     Opportunities in Alabama
                                                         May 13, 2010
Shirley Worthington, Vice President
 United Way of Central Alabama
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   Financial Stability
Partnership™of Alabama
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               LEARN
• Personal money management
  information and skills
• Budgeting, credit and debt management
• Banking products and services
• How to identify predatory financial
  practices
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                 EARN
• Maximize income with benefits and
  services
• Access public and employer benefits
• Credit repair and debt reduction
• Career development
• Access to free income tax assistance
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                  SAVE
•    Acquire financial assets
•   Savings and checking accounts
•   Individual Development Accounts
•   Split refunds
•   Investments
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           Benefits Enrollment
• Millions of eligible Americans are not utilizing public
  and employer-provided benefits including Food
  Stamps, health insurance, and retirement savings
  plans—many of which can significantly increase
  household income and improve overall health and
  well-being. There are multiple factors that prevent
  individuals from utilizing available public and
  employer-provided benefits, including the lack of
  knowledge about the eligibility requirements, long and
  cumbersome application processes, and fear of non-
  acceptance.
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    Individual Development
           Accounts
IDA’s offer opportunities for first-time homeownership,
post-secondary education and/or micro-enterprise
development through public/private funding
partnerships including the Assets for Independence
program administered by the Office of Community
Services of the U.S. Department of Health & Human
Services.
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           SCF Purpose
To build the capacity of nonprofit
organizations to address the broad
economic recovery issues present in their
communities, including helping low-income
individuals secure and retain employment,
earn higher wages, obtain better-quality jobs,
and gain greater access to state and Federal
benefits and tax credits, including ARRA
benefits.
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 What is Capacity Building?
Implementing activities critical to
long-term viability
– Increases organization’s sustainability and
  effectiveness
– Enhances organization’s ability to provide
  social services
– Creates collaborations to serve those most
  in need
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 Organizational Development


– Strengthening Board Governance
– Developing Systems: Management, Human Resources,
  Financial, Information Technology, Planning
– Training Job/Benefits Counselors for ARRA Benefits and Other
  Federal Assistance
– Developing Comprehensive Communications Strategy
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      Program Development

– Creating Information Systems (e.g., ARRA Benefits/Programs,
  Financial Benefits/Tax Credits, Social Service Benefits)
– Translating Program Information into Spanish or Other
  Languages
– Developing Curriculum (e.g., job retraining, new job skills)
– Making Program Improvements
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Collaboration and Community
        Engagement
– Disseminating Information Regarding State/Local ARRA Benefits
– Developing Referral Systems Related to ARRA Benefits
– Forging Collaborations/Strategic Partnerships with Community
  Colleges or Vocational Schools
– Conducting Research on Local Sector Workforce Needs
– Developing Collaborations/Strategic Partnerships with Industry-
  Specific Training Programs
– Utilizing AmeriCorps*VISTA Volunteers to Address Needs of Those
  Seeking Employment
– Assessing Green Needs of Community and Skills Needed for Green
  Workers
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  Leadership Development

– Specifying Board Composition and Function
– Contributing to Staff Professional and
  Career Development
– Training and Development of Volunteers
– Developing Succession Planning
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  Evaluating Effectiveness

– Launching a Formal Program Evaluation
– Developing and Incorporating New Program
  Measures
– Incorporating Best Practices
– Assessing Program Outcomes
– Replicating Effective Program Models
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               Eligiblity
Applicants must be secular or faith-based non-
profit organizations that contribute to the
economic recovery by providing community
development services and help Federal, State,
and local governments ensure that the
information and services described in the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
reach disadvantaged and hard-to-serve
populations.
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  Community Development
Community development activities may
include any constellation of financial
education, tax assistance, benefits
enrollment, housing counseling,
foreclosure prevention, career/workforce
development, community planning,
homelessness prevention,
microenterprise,
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        Highly Competitive
          Organizations
(a) proven history of community development services
to persons residing in distressed communities
(b) proven history of programs that cover broad
economic recovery issues.
(c) proven history of services and/or collaboratively
working relationship with Temporary Assistance to
Needy Families (―TANF‖) agencies
(d) annual budget of less than $500,000
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    Key Program Components

The SCF Nonprofit Capacity Building Program

1) Technical Assistance
2) Needs Assessment/Training
3) Competitive Financial Assistance
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        Technical Assistance
•   Organizational Coach
•   Financial Education Coach
•   Tax Assistance Coach
•   Beehive Alabama Coach
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For audio call 866-794-4960 PIN: 692 031
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                Training
• 1-2 hour training offered by UWCA
• Available to regional organizations free-
  of-charge on space-available basis
• Topics related to organizational capacity-
  building areas
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 Competitive Fund Assistance
• Open and competitive procurement
  (RFP)
• Geographically dispersed throughout the
  state (six regional solicitations)
• Up to $45,000 available to awardees
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Needs Assessment and
   Training Options
• Identifies organizational strengths
  and challenges
• Analyzes risks and provides
  improvement strategies
• Assists sponsors in determining how
  to target resources
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Needs Assessment and
   Training Options
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   Needs Assessment and
      Training Options
• Experienced reviewers with strong credentials
• Off-site analysis:
         Extensive review of documents
         Preliminary telephone interviews
• On-site analysis (2-3 days):
        In-depth interviews
        Further document & procedures review
        Site review of properties & programs
• End product: review report
         Summarizes findings and offers
          recommendations
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Needs Assessment and
   Training Options
• ―Place-based‖ training courses conducted
  by on-site by request.
• ―Place-based‖ trainings are currently
  available for any course offered through
  the NTI, CLI and specialized topics.
• Provides an opportunity to work as a
  collaborative to offer training for the entire
  region.
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                 Q&A
• Visit www.uwca.org for updated
  Frequently Asked Questions
• DeForrest Brown dbrown@uwca.org
• Judy Woods jwoods@uwca.org
• Judy Allen jallen@uwca.org
• Marshall Crawford mcrawford@nw.org
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         Thank You!



Shirley Worthington
United Way of Central Alabama
(205) 458-2073
shirleyw@uwca.org

				
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