Fellows gain experience making presentations and working in small groups on projects through session days and other opportunities integrated into the program.
Leadership Cumberland seeks to partner with nonprofit organizations within Cumberland County to provide Community Engagement Projects for their fellows. Selected organizations will benefit from a project collaboratively completed by a team of Leadership Cumberland Fellows throughout the 2018-19 program year. Three to five projects will be chosen to be completed in an eight month time frame. This page contains a Request for Proposal (RFP) that aims to guide you in preparing a compelling project proposal for the Leadership Cumberland to review. Completed Proposals are due by Friday, July 27, 2018.
What Makes A Good Project:
The most satisfying project for both our nonprofit partners and our class members are those that fulfill an outstanding strategic need for the nonprofit organization and/or address a core challenge. As high-potential leaders, our class members want to contribute something of intellectual and practical value to your organization. Examples of good community engagement projects might be program analysis, research projects, marketing opportunities, help with strategic planning, etc. Projects that require fundraising or physical labor (painting, gardening, etc.) to be completed will not be considered.
Eligible Organizations Must Be:
- Recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 organization.
- A public or private not-for-profit school, service organization, faith-based organization, community or civic group.
- Registered with the PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations (if applicable).
- Located in and/or serving Cumberland County.
- Available to present project need at our Annual Retreat on September 21, 2018.
- Available to meet your assigned team on October 18, 2018.
Community Project Partner and Contact Person:
The community project partner is an integral partner in the execution of the project and is a high-level individual within the organization who can and will provide information about the organization, the project, issue, needs, etc. The community project partner is responsible for managing the project for the applicant organization, to communicating and coordinating project activities with class member project leads, meeting with class project members, and must be authorized to make decisions on behalf of the organization.
Community Group Projects Should Aim To:
- Provide a civic engagement opportunity for the class members to collectively learn about and address a critical community need.
- Provide an opportunity for class members to develop deeper relationships with each other through teamwork and to gain experience leading in a team setting.
- Provide an opportunity for class members to learn about how nonprofit organizations address community needs.
- Provide value-added support and consultation to a local nonprofit which assist it in achieving its mission.
- Provide class members with a leadership skills development opportunity.
Timeline and Required Meetings:
Organizations submitting proposals must be able to meet the following timeline.
- July 27, 2018: Proposals due by email to Nicole Deary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- August 8, 2018: Leadership Cumberland Curriculum Committee will select class projects and notify organizations of their acceptance.
- September 21, 2018: In-person presentation of project at Leadership Cumberland Retreat which is conducted at Camp Thomson, located in Gardners, PA.
- October 18, 2018: In-person meet and greet with project group members (location TBD).