|Healthy Communities - Community Development Works |
Change and improvement require capacity to do so. The Rapides Foundation’s Community Development Works program focuses on improving the capacity of the nonprofit community by providing training and leadership programs. CDW serves nonprofit organizations, congregations and residents who want to increase the quality of life in Central Louisiana.
CDW’s Learning Lab responded to nearly 450 inquiries in 2012, including research for funding opportunities, mapping and data services for information on local nonprofits, and nonprofit management best practice. Late in the year CDW began working on its new e-library service, which beginning in 2013 will allow users to check out resources on their mobile devices and tablets. Approximately 250 people took advantage of CDW’s workshops throughout the year, whether by attending an on-site training session or plugging in to an online webinar. CDW offers these free workshops in the spring and fall, so that participants can expand their knowledge in areas such as grantwriting, fund development, strategic planning and accounting.
Cenla Boardbuilders provides a unique training opportunity for emerging professionals to become active in their community as members of local nonprofit Boards of Directors. It had another successful class in 2012 as 17 professionals completed the program. Twelve participants were matched with local nonprofit boards while the others were already serving on boards. To date, 120 Central Louisiana residents have completed this leadership program, which will celebrate its 10th year in 2013.
Cenla Execbuilders is a training institute for executive directors of local nonprofit organizations. In 2012, Cenla Execbuilders attracted 15 executive directors who not only participated in the program, but who continued their learning by forming their own network to deal with their daily issues and concerns and to share successes.
Nonprofit Works is a two-year grant offering capacity-building assistance to nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit board and staff members work on their organizational capacity throughout the two-year cycle. Three organizations began their work in 2012.