Investing in Organizations & Their Leaders

Nonprofit Capacity & Leadership Initiative

Since our inception, Allegany Franciscan Ministries has invested in the capacity of nonprofit organizations and their staff and leaders. Allegany believes that more just, equitable, and caring communities need strong, resilient nonprofit organizations. We also recognize that organizations led by, and supporting or providing services for, historically marginalized communities have been and are significantly under resourced.

Allegany Franciscan Ministries defines organizational capacity building as the development of an organization’s core skills and capabilities to allow it to fulfill its mission more efficiently and effectively. Nonprofits and community organizations, and their staff and leaders, have diverse and evolving capacity needs, and no single static activity or resource will address them. Allegany has funded capacity building organizations, collaboratives, specific projects, and cohort-based training, as well as directed funding to individual nonprofits through specific grant programs to support partners’ capacity building needs. We have also designed and co-created specific capacity building and leadership development initiatives.

In 2024, following a year of discernment and research that included convening focus groups of BIPOC leaders in the nonprofit sector, Allegany is launching a new strategic initiative to invest in organizations and their leaders. Our long-term goal is that nonprofit and community organizations in Florida, and their leaders, will have the resources, opportunities, and capacity to thrive as they fulfill their missions.

This initiative will focus on organizations that serve BIPOC and LGBTQ+ populations, and people with disabilities, through increasingly deliberate and coordinated capacity building and leadership support. It will utilize a DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) lens, and will incorporate the financial, human, and social capital Allegany has available. Some opportunities will be available across the state of Florida, others will be limited to the six counties historically served by Allegany Franciscan Ministries – Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Hillsborough, and Pinellas.

The Nonprofit Capacity & Leadership Initiative includes a variety of support programs for people at different levels of leadership, training opportunities, and convening.

Current offerings:

  • Cohort-based training opportunities through national capacity-building entities
  • Funding local, regional, and statewide nonprofit leadership organizations
  • Tau Grants (through spring cycle 2024 only)

New programming in 2024 and beyond (stay tuned!) is expected to include:

  • Sabbaticals, prioritizing BIPOC leaders
  • Leadership Development Opportunities
  • Executive/Therapeutic Coaching
  • Convening/Community of Practice
  • Wellness Funding and Opportunities

We will continue to listen to partners and adapt our investments to meet their identified needs. Our mission, vision, and core values will guide our planning, establish the basis for evaluation, and facilitate continued critical reflection and long-term organizational learning. Check back on this page and our Leadership Support Programs and Training & Convening pages and follow us on social media for updates.

Nonprofit Capacity & Leadership Resources

Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay – professional development classes, certificate programs and customized learning experiences for nonprofit leaders

Nonprofit Chamber of Palm Beach County – forum for health and human services nonprofit leaders to learn from trusted colleagues and advocate for those they serve

Nonprofits First – offers accreditation, education and professional development, membership, leadership training and growth and management support services

St. Petersburg College Collaborative Labs – expert meeting facilitation, customized agenda formation, tech-enabled collaboration and meeting documentation for strategic collaboration

Maven Leadership – an ideas lab that creates the conditions for talented queer and trans social impact leaders of color and allies to build ecosystems of support for more just communities with greater ease, agency, and belonging

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Allegany’s board and staff team considered our vision, mission, and values, working both to understand who we are and what we have accomplished, and to think about what community issues align the most with what matters to us and what we do best. Through this process, we identified and adopted Nonprofit Capacity & Leadership Initiative as a new strategic priority focus.

Yes, cohort opportunities are a part of our current offerings for nonprofit capacity-building which are aligned with our commitment to support the organizational health and resilience of the nonprofits serving our communities. We believe these opportunities will help address organizational concerns and help propel your organization to the next level. To learn more, see our Training & Convening web page.


Contact Brittney Frazier with questions about our Nonprofit Capacity & Leadership Initiative.

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