FNPC is actively advancing alternative ways for the nonprofit community to do business. Working
to shift from simply "struggle, survive and compete" to a more balanced approach that includes collaboration, sharing, and
long-term proactive planning and development of the entire sector.
2. Networking opportunities (EVENTS)
Bringing together nonprofits of all shapes and sizes to collaborate
and find news ways to support one another.
3. Resource opportunities
Providing a space online and in e-newsletters for information on resources (meeting
space, etc.) offered and needed by nonprofits in our region.
4. Sub-sector unity
Bringing together the existing strength of the many organizations supporting smaller sub-sectors
of the nonprofits sector (ex., arts, mental health, faith-based, and human services organizations).
An active centralized portal directing nonprofits to key resources and information on the internet
and current issues of concern to nonprofits.
6. Advocacy information and legislative alerts
Providing information on relevant local, state and national
policy and legislative issues and access to those organizations that specialize in advocating for the nonprofit sector.
7. Public Awareness (News)
Working to increase public awareness about issues faced by nonprofits and the affect
the nonprofit sector has on our communities. Developing relationships with the media, elected officials and other opinion
leaders in order to deliver information about the impact of the nonprofit sector.
8. Spotlight on Greatness!
Each month nonprofits submit a profile of their organization or a specific
program demonstrating innovation and greatness in the area of collaboration. The profile is an opportunity to highlight unique
skills to the community and to current or potential funders.
9. Nonprofit groups in Florida
Actively building relationships with similar efforts throughout the state in order to exchange information and resources
and providing regular updates on these efforts to you.
Active and ongoing research that tells us how you want to proceed and tells us how you want
to be supported.
Benefits potentially provided by the FNPC
1. Training and technical assistance
FNPC could provide a centralized venue for trainings and a place for all
community training and event information to available. FNPC could work actively with all area-training providers to develop
trainings that more precisely meet the varied needs of our sector.
2. Public Awareness and Advocacy
FNPC could do direct lobbying on policy issues that affect all nonprofit organizations
such as tax and charitable giving law) and/or FNPC could work closely with those organizations that already provide lobbying
for specific sub-sectors. FNPC could develop a comprehensive public awareness campaign that increases the awareness of the
general public, elected officials and opinion leaders about the impact of the nonprofit sector on our communities.
3. Collective purchasing
FNPC contract for our group with vendors of all kinds to provide discounted products
and services including health, D&O, and liability insurance, office equipment, supplies and furniture, advertising space
and more. All nonprofits could have the same buying power that large universities and hospitals already have.
FNPC could provide detailed information, training and consulting services for those looking
to increase collaboration with other organizations. Although FNPC will never direct a merger or recommend a collaboration,
we could become an active resource for those who decide these options are right for them.
5. Web-based services
FNPC could harness current technology to provide a centralized location for information
about nonprofit jobs, resources, trainings and events in a user friendly and interactive format.
6. Learning, action and resource conferences
FNPC could work together with similar organizations throughout
the state to hold an annual nonprofit learning, action and resource conference where training providers, activists, and other
providing resources for the nonprofit sector can come together.
7. Incubation of new nonprofits
FNPC could become a place where the brightest in our community, with great ideas
about creating new nonprofit programs are supported and educated about the process. By providing direction and support, FNPC
could turn these ventures into new resources and energy that benefit everyone rather than a just another drain on our limited
8. Rural communities, building partnerships
FNPC could connect the larger metropolitan
areas with rural communities to allow for an exchange of information and resources.
Building a partnership
Welcome! Thank you for visiting this site. We are building a grassroots organization from the ground up that represents
nonprofits of all different shapes and sizes at all different levels of development, working on all different types of missions.
A very daunting task.
Other initiatives started in Florida have stressed the need or desire to "include" rural communities. We don't want to
just include you. FNPC wants to form a lasting partnership with you to better support the entire nonprofit sector and
our local communities.
There are many hurdles and certain challenges that might cause some to say this isn't worth trying. We believe it is worth
trying and that it can be done. With your support, partnership and commitment, we will build a powerful alliance and become
a powerful sector.
- Email lists and contact information
In order for this emerging group to begin to build relationships and partnerships
with rural nonprofits, we need to be able to contact everyone. If you are part of a network or coalition of nonprofits, please
consider allowing us to send an welcome message to the group. These communication lines will eventually be the path that FNPC
services will be made available top rural groups.
- Let's start a rural sub-committee of FNPC that works to connect the different areas, open lines of communication, identify
areas of collaboration, secures needed services and addresses unique concerns. To get this sub-committee started contact us
Large group meetings
- We need to develop systems and policies that ensure that rural groups are represented at large group meetings as full
partners. If tele/video conferencing can be established this will become much easier. However, we will also need to consider
identifying funding for driving expenses (when needed) and to consider voting policies that allow for a single representative
to speak for the interests of several.
- Rural organizations face unique challenges around how collective purchasing will benefit them, how to manage large coverage
areas, and capatilizing on the limited resources available to them. We will need to work together to identify these challenges
and find ways to address them together.