Six Nonprofit Finalists Announced for Jumpstart Program

Community Foundation of the North State is pleased to announce a partnership with Network for Good to offer Jumpstart, an immersive, 12-month fundraising capacity building program. Beginning this spring, six North State nonprofits will receive integrated tools, planning guidance, and one-on-one coaching to build their fundraising capacity, diversify revenue, and sustain and grow their programs.

“In our 20+ year history of working alongside the nonprofit community, we regularly hear how nonprofits struggle to financially plan for long-term operations. We also know that operating a nonprofit is increasingly complex and with the Jumpstart program, we’re excited to assist our local nonprofits meet the demands they experience now and plan for long term sustainability,” said Megan Conn, Program Officer at the Community Foundation of the North State.

Brie Foresman, Program Officer at Network for Good, noted, “The nonprofit development landscape has shifted due to the cancellation of fundraising events, contracts, and earned revenue streams. In addition, many nonprofits have had to pivot or suspend programs while experiencing a rapid increase in demand for services—leaving them to contend with budget shortfalls and an uncertain future. Without help, they are at the risk of not surviving these crises.”

Over 3,500 nonprofits across the country have already benefited from the Jumpstart Program. On average, participants raise 27% more in net new revenue coming from individual donors, while building their organizational capacity.

“Community Foundation of the North State’s commitment to strengthening nonprofit sustainability by investing in fundraising capacity building is critical to providing support where nonprofits need it most,” said Foresman.

Six nonprofits were selected as finalists for this inaugural program thanks to the financial support of The McConnell Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, the Patricia D. and William B. Smullin Foundation, and the Community Foundation of the North State. The nonprofits participating in the 2021 cohort of Jumpstart include: Rescue Ranch, Inc. (Siskiyou County), Butte Valley Dream Builders (Siskiyou County), Empower Tehama (Tehama County), Northern California Childhood Development, Inc. (Tehama County), Project Spark Studio (Shasta County), and Empire Recovery Center (Shasta County). “Sometimes non-profits are so wrapped up in day-to-day piecing together budgets, income, and challenges that we forget to dream.  This opportunity has given us incentive and motivation to dream and follow those dreams with action,” said Marjeanne Stone, Empire Recovery Center in Redding.