Training & Convening

We are very excited to continue offering cohort-based training 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 organizations to the next level.

We have partnered with Jumpstart Bonterra and ABFE to offer year-long, cohort based trainings for nonprofits in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin, Pinellas, and Hillsborough counties. Note – the FY24 application deadlines have passed for these programs.

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Jumpstart Bonterra

In Fall 2022, Allegany Franciscan Ministries launched a pilot cohort with Jumpstart Network for Good. This cohort opportunity provided grant partners with effective fundraising capacity building support to create transformational change. The partnership is an immersive, year-long program that pairs nonprofits with a personal fundraising coach who meets with organizations (virtually) twice per month to help acquire, retain, and upgrade individual donors, and also provides integrated technology needed to engage community, diversify revenue, and sustain their programs. 

Network for Good’s Jumpstart program is now Bonterra’s Jumpstart program, a tech-enabled capacity building program that allows grantmakers to strengthen nonprofit resilience and accelerate their community impact. To learn more about the organization, visit here.

One-On-One Coaching

Each participant will have the opportunity to match with a fundraising coach at the start of the program. Participants typically meet virtually with their coach twice a month, however, scheduling is flexible to accommodate the nonprofit’s calendar and upcoming campaigns.

Convenings & Peer Learning

Over the course of the year-long program, Jumpstart Bonterra will co-facilitate two to three cohort meetings. During these meetings, nonprofit leaders have the opportunity to share success stories, ask for advice, and discuss where they may be challenged in an open forum.

Technology & Technical Assistance

Participants will move from disjointed, isolated systems to manage and engage their donors through Bonterra's technology suite.

Educational Curriculum & Virtual Library

As a cohort, all participants are enrolled in a monthly best-practice fundraising curriculum that complements coaching sessions. Each month, a different fundraising topic is presented, and nonprofits receive corresponding tools and templates.

Fourteen organizations completed Cohort 1, and 12 organizations are participating in Cohort 2. Allegany Franciscan Ministries is committed to providing ongoing capacity-building support to cohort participants at the completion of the program.

The FY24 Jumpstart cohort application deadline has passed. This program began in late September.

IMPACT & RESULTS from Cohort 1:

  • 80% of Cohort 1 Jumpstarters increased fundraising revenues during the 12-month program.
  • Altogether, our $70,000 invesment generated $320,668 in net new individuals giving revenue in just one year’s time, animating community-based philanthropy across our six county foot print during a period of great economic uncertainty.

Cohort 1

A Mother’s Luv Foundation, Inc.
Caring for Miami
Community Tampa Bay INC
Florida Justice Center
Girl Power Rocks, Inc.
James B. Sanderlin Family Service Center, Inc.
Just Initiative
Light of the World Carities, LLD
Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger
The Kind Mouse Productions, Inc.
Wimauma CDC


Cohort 2

Beth-El Farmworker Ministry, Inc.
Connect to Greatness, Inc.
Florida Institute for Community Studies, Inc.
Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership, Inc.
Positive Spin, Inc.
Nora Sandigo Children Foundation
Serenity Outreach Inc.
St. Lucie County Health Access Network dba HANDS Clinic
Urban Health Partnerhips
Willa Carson Health and Wellness Center Inc.
Youth Empowered to Prosper Inc.

ABFE Racial Equity Leadership Program

To support nonprofit leaders in being deliberate in their work to advance racial equity in their communities, Allegany Franciscan Ministries has partnered with ABFE to provide a two-part cohort opportunity geared toward building and strengthening competencies on these issues.

Facilitated by ABFE, participating leaders will receive focused racial equity trainings for equipping them with the shared knowledge, skills, and tools needed to better understand and implement racially equitable practices. For the nature of this opportunity, priority will be given to Black applicants. 

Note -the deadline for the FY24 ABFE Racial Equity Leadership Cohort has passed. 

Leaders from 13 nonprofit organizations participated in the ABFE’s Racial Equity Leadership Program.

Eligibility & Limitations

The following Eligibility and Limitations apply to both cohort opportunities. To be considered for a cohort-based opportunity, the organization must meet the following basic requirements:

*Organizations cannot receive multiple funding support from other cohort-based opportunities offered by Allegany Franciscan Ministries and the Tau Grant program in FY24 (excluding ABFE Racial Equity Leadership Program); organizations can only receive funding through one of those opportunities.

More opportunities to be announced the Summer of 2024.

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