United Way Supports Nonprofit Capacity Building
Building Excellence Sustainability and Trust (BEST) is a program of the United Way of Genesee County designed to strengthen the nonprofit sector of Flint and Genesee County by providing capacity building support and technical assistance.
BEST was formed out of an identified need for more well-lead, publicly accountable nonprofits with diverse funding that decreased dependency from any one source of funding. Since 2003, BEST has worked with more than 100 Genesee County agencies through educational programs, organizational development grants and technical assistance resources. Agencies have subsequently expanded programs to serve more individuals in need, leveraged new financial and human capital and collaborated with cross-sector leaders to ensure alignment with community needs. Our vast network of experienced capacity building consultants and various tools can meet your organization's most pressing infrastructure needs.
Professional Development & Events
The BEST Project offers professional development workshops, peer learning sessions and other convening events throughout the year. Professional development sessions are designed with content that participants can “take to action” and will enhance the skills and knowledge of nonprofit employees, board members, consultants, volunteers, and funders.
Assessments, Consultations and Referrals
Any Genesee County nonprofit organization is eligible for BEST assessment, consultation and referral services. BEST has capacity building expertise in a variety of topics from starting a nonprofit, to dissolution and everything in between! The BEST Consultant Directory can be found here.
Capacity Building Grants
Financial awards, up to $10,000, are available to organizations and collaborations looking to grow internal infrastructure. Capacity Building Awards might include, but are not limited to: strategic alliance/partnership facilitation and implementation; board governance training; planning retreat facilitation; creating a fund development and marketing plan; facility analysis; development of program or staff evaluation tools and processes; or, specialized organizational development training and consulting. Organizations are required to complete an organizational and board assessment prior to receiving funding.