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Starting a Nonprofit | OPGS | Entrepreneur Roadmap


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The Office of Partnerships and Grant Services (OPGS) spoke at the WDCEP's Entrepreneur Road Map's Starting a Non-Profit seminar held at Venable (9/10/14).

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Starting a Nonprofit | OPGS | Entrepreneur Roadmap

  1. 1. Entrepreneur Road Map: Nonprofit Presentation for Venable LLP Responsive Government Promoting Partnerships for a Better DC
  2. 2. Mission  To enhance the capacity of District government agencies, community and faith-based organizations, nonprofits, to identify, apply, and secure resources that advance the Mayor’s One City Action Plan and top public policy priorities – including education reform, financial stability, job creation, public safety, self determination, and sustainability… Core Functions  Grant and Resource Development Support  District’s State Single Point of Contact (SPOC)  Executive Leadership and Organizational Development Training and Technical Assistance  Donations Solicitation Oversight and Management  Collaboration and Partnership Building Best Practices
  3. 3.  Funding Alerts  Weekly online publication with Federal, Foundation, & District government, competitive grant opportunities, DC government procurement links + resource announcements are on OPGS’ website see:  Sign Up today for your copy  Grants Information Resource Center (GIRC)  OPGS staff support + four computer stations with access to searchable competitive grant funding databases such as:  Foundation Center Grant Postings –  GrantsDirect Grantmakers Listings –  Grant Station International Insiders – insiders
  4. 4.  OAPIA – Community Grants $75K (9/15/14)  DOEd – Preschool Development Grants: Expansion Grants $160M (10/14/14)  HHS – Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program $400K (10/14/14)  The Blackstone Charitable Foundation – Innovation Grants $3M (10/3/14) foundation/overview  Constellation/Exelon – E2 Energy to Education Grants $50K (10/1/14)
  5. 5.  Organize Documentations  501 (c) (3) Certificate, DUNS Number, Tax Identification Number, SAM Registration, IRS 990 & DCRA Certificate of Good Standing, Indirect Cost Rate  List of Key Office Personnel, Board of Directors, Consultants, and Partners along with their current bios and resumes  Organizational Strategic Plan including – Mission, Goals and Objectives, and Evaluation Methodology – Operating Budget, & Audited Financial Statements  Utilize the Funding Alert, GIRC, Foundation Center, to identify grants and eligibility requirements  See the Faith and Communities in Action Grant Writing Resource Guide @  Proposal Writing Tips  Develop a comprehensive, and compelling proposal – use accurate/current data explaining why the funder should care, how your approach is different, & can make an impact  Demonstrate how your proposal meets the needs of the target population rather than yours otherwise you might set yourself up for failure  Describe the existing gap – e.g. knowledge, resource, or service – what is ought to be, and how funding can improve the proposed solution  Identify collaboration opportunities – built on shared values, missions, and resources
  6. 6. OPGS Contact Information Office Address: 441 4th St. NW, Suite 707N Washington , DC 20001 Main Office Number: (202) 727-8900; FAX (202) 727-1652 Director, Lafayette A. Barnes (202) 727-8901, email: Deputy Director/Manager, Nonprofit and Faith based Relations: Pat G. Henry (202) 727-0946, email: Donations Manager, Marcel Guy (202) 727-7996, email: Collaboration Manager, Michael Benjamin (202) 727-4940, email: GIRC Coordinator: John Duckworth (202) 727-7998, email: Receptionist, Novella Simmons, (202-727-8900), email Intern: Javaughn Mark, (202) 727-727-7996, email: