The Alliance for Nonprofit Partnerships exists to connect and create opportunities for the benefit the nonprofit community.
A community of “for purpose” organizations that work collectively to
- Increase awareness of the scope and services of the sector
- Advocate on behalf of the sector
- Build awareness of professionalism of the sector to increase resources
- Provide more and better services
- Efficient use of resources
The Alliance for Nonprofit Partnerships (The Alliance) seeks to strengthen the nonprofit sector of the greater Shenandoah Valley, empowering community partners through training, networking, and collaboration. The Alliance grew out of the successful Non-Profit Institute (NPI), which has been a collaborative activity of James Madison University and the community at-large since 2006. The biennial NPI program evaluations provided clear evidence that graduates desired more continued learning and networking opportunities. An active discussion of the NPI steering committee, which is comprised of JMU faculty and community nonprofit professionals, ensued in 2012. The main stumbling block for activities beyond the biennial NPI was sustainability, which included location and infrastructure support.
As a result of a gift from a community donor who saw the need for The Alliance, two community visioning gatherings took place, bringing together 20 community agencies to provide further input into the needs of the nonprofit sector of the greater Shenandoah Valley. James Madison University’s School of Strategic Leadership Studies was also able to leverage additional funds in the form of a Faculty Senate Engagement Mini-Grant allowing The Alliance to begin operations in the summer of 2015. The Alliance now possesses a steering committee that prioritizes the order of business. The first networking event was held on July 29, 2015 with 23 agencies in attendance. The formal kick-off event for The Alliance was held on August 17, 2015 at the JMU Arboretum with 31 agencies in attendance.
When developing The Alliance, programs from across the country were reviewed. These successful programs have similar goals of advancing the nonprofit sector through education, engagement, and connection. Through this research, the outgrowth of community focus groups, internal discussions of the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities, along with the combined efforts of multiple community partnerships and years of collaborative work, The Alliance was formed. The Alliance is well positioned to meet identified needs within the nonprofit sector of the Valley by providing broad and generalized services of networking, advocacy, and peer-to-peer educational opportunities. Continued funding for The Alliance for the greater Shenandoah Valley will include such gains as furthering the education the nonprofit sector, developing current and future leaders, facilitating collaboration and connection between and among area nonprofits organizations, and inspiring growth in the nonprofit sector of the Valley.