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Strengthening Our Non-Profits

Whether the organization is a unit of government or a non-profit, its effectiveness in achieving its mission is usually determined by its capacity. Research leading to the development of the WV Community Development Model and the creation of the Hub indicated that when a community plan moves into the implementation phase, many of the action steps are taken by local government and non-profit organizations. The ability to improve communities is dependent upon the strength of the organizations within that community.

The Hub builds organizational capacity in a variety of ways:

MindEdge

Standards For Excellence® is a non-profit training program developed by the Standards For Excellence Institute, a division of the Maryland Association of Non-Profit organizations. The Standards for Excellence® program works to strengthen the ability of nonprofit organizations to act ethically and accountably in their management and governance, while enhancing the public's trust in the nonprofit sector.

The Hub is the licensed replication partner in West Virginia, and is also the state’s only Standards For Excellence certified organization in the state.

  • Mission and Program
  • Governing Body
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Human Resources
  • Financial and Legal
  • Openness
  • Fundraising
  • Public Affairs and Public Policy

Standards For Excellence offers a three-day Clinic Series that is held three to four times a year at different locations across West Virginia. The Clinic Series provides in-depth materials and training in all eight areas by Standards For Excellence–certified trainers.

MindEdge Online Non-Profit Management Training is available through the Hub’s website. MindEdge is an information and learning company founded by Harvard and MIT educators. MindEdge offers 8 modules of training at costs as low as $79 per module.

  • Leadership in a Nonprofit Organization
  • Introduction to Fundraising
  • Board and Volunteer Development
  • Budgeting in a Nonprofit Organization
  • How to read a Nonprofit Financial Statement
  • Strategy for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Principles of Marketing for Nonprofit Ogranizations
  • Leading the Courtney Museum eSimulation

These courses can be completed from home or business, at any time of day or night, and at one sitting or over the course of several days.

Non-profit coaching and technical assistance is also available to organizations. The Hub maintains a list of qualified, experienced consultants who can work with your organization on a one-on-one basis to provide training on board development, fundraising, volunteer management, financial record keeping, marketing and more. For more information on how to connect your organization with assistance in building its capacity, contact us at info@wvhub.org or call 304-566-7332.

The creation of a West Virginia Non-Profit Association is currently being explored through a partnership between the Hub and the WV Grantmakers Association, with financial help from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. A series of forums and focus groups will be held around the state in the coming months to solicit input on non-profit needs, opportunities, and capacities, resulting in the design of a sustainable non-profit association model by the fall of 2010. Implementation of that model will then follow.