Last week, Keith and I sat in on presentations made to the Hampton Roads Community Foundation by the four Building Excellence grantees from 2009. The grants enabled us to work with these organizations for 18 months, providing them with training and helping them put the infrastructure in place to build development capacity and begin acquiring major gifts.
We felt a little like proud parents as we watched staff members from Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Virginia, Barrier Islands Center, Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads, and the YWCA of South Hampton Roads speak confidently of creating development plans, engaging their boards, and cultivating and stewarding major donors. It’s amazing what can result from the right education and training, along with the willingness to take the necessary actions.
Now that they’ve accomplished those important first steps, we wish these nonprofits all the best in their future fundraising endeavors.