FACF Provides “Jumpstart” to Area Nonprofits

FREMONT – The Bridge and Scribner Area Foundation, two area nonprofits, recently participated in a new Fremont Area Community Foundation initiative called Jumpstart. Jumpstart, led and implemented by Network for Good, helps nonprofits become more effective and efficient in engaging supporters and raising dollars for their organizations.

Selected nonprofits will receive technical fundraising assistance including professional coaching, technology, and right-sized development planning to help them build successful fundraising programs throughout the year-long program. The selected nonprofits can participate in the program for free because of grant funding provided jointly by the FACF and Network for Good.

“Fundraising is an area of capacity building in which nonprofits often report struggling,” said Melissa Diers, Executive Director of the Fremont Area Community Foundation. “Too few resources and too little staff-time to devote to donor cultivation make it very difficult to build and sustain programs.”

According to Suzanne Smith, Executive Director of The Bridge, and Kathy Lodl, Scribner’s Economic Development Coordinator, participating in Jumpstart has been helpful for both organizations.

“(It) was exactly what our agency needed to help us move to the next level of meaningful fundraising,” Smith said.

“It is a worthwhile project and very helpful for the beginning fundraiser,” Lodl said.

Other area nonprofits currently participating in the foundation’s Jumpstart program include the Fremont Area United Way, LifeHouse and Calvin Crest Camp Conference & Retreat Center.