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Community Foundation Bringing Training Platform to Organizations Serving Historically Excluded Communities

State-of-the-art resources and one-on-one coaching are being offered to 17 organizations that are primarily serving socially, culturally and economically diverse residents.

Seventeen Central New York nonprofit organizations led by and serving Black, Asian, Latino, Native American and LGBTQIA+ communities or people with disabilities were chosen by the Central New York Community Foundation to receive training and coaching that will help them work more effectively. The Community Foundation partners with an exclusive online platform called Resilia to bring this opportunity to Central New York organizations.

Resilia offers technology and one-to-one coaching to support effectiveness, creativity, and workflow in nonprofits across the country. The selected organizations have access to a suite of on-demand tools and resources to support organizational growth and impact, including online trainings, educational materials, and templates on fundraising, marketing, strategic planning and board management.

This year’s cohort includes the following organizations: Advance Student Resource Systems; Baby Momma Association; Black Artist Collective CNY; Black Girls WILL Get Love; Blueprint 15; Central New York Digital Inclusion Coalition; Deaf New Americans Advocacy; Focusing our Resources for Community Enlightenment; Food Access Healthy Neighbors Now!; Golden Carat Farms; Hiscock Legal Aid Society; John 6:12 Ministries; NEHDA; Restoreforlife; The Breedlove Readers; Tucker Missionary Baptist Church; and Pickleball for All.

“The ongoing support and tools offered through Resilia helps our community’s vital organizations develop their boards, raise funds and tell stories that will help them have a greater impact with the populations they serve,” said Qiana Williams, program officer at the Community Foundation.

In addition to the training, chosen organizations will also benefit from nonprofit coaching on core functions like fundraising, program management, storytelling, leadership development and board engagement. An in-platform grants database of more than 60,000 grantmakers is also available.

“Resilia has been a tremendously impactful resource to our board,” said Arlaina Harris, board president of Café Sankofa, a member of last year’s Resilia cohort. “We have benefited greatly from the strategic planning and organizational assessment, which has provided steps for us to prioritize a plan to forge ahead in a meaningful way.”

This year’s cohort will participate in online training and coaching for 11 months and will benefit from continued access to their data upon completion.

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