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Collin County Nonprofit Leadership Institute Completes First Year

September, 16 2019

12 local nonprofits in first cohort focused on strategies to address community needs

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Collin County Nonprofit Leadership Institute participants collaborate.

As Collin County grows, so do its challenges with issues such as homelessness, hunger and affordable housing. To help nonprofits address pressing needs for Collin County residents, CFT and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas joined forces to create the Collin County Nonprofit Leadership Institute, supporting nonprofits that primarily serve low- to moderate-income families and individuals to develop strategic approaches to addressing community needs...

Twelve nonprofits were selected through a competitive process to be part of the initiative’s first cohort and have attended monthly sessions focused on nonprofit and program leadership, with additional learning opportunities for program staff and board members. Further, participating nonprofits received a capacity-building grant of up to $5,000. 

2019 Collin County Nonprofit Leadership Institute Participants:

  • Agape Resource & Assistance Center
  • Assistance Center of Collin County
  • Community Health Clinic
  • City House
  • Cornerstone Assistance Network
  • Embrace Texas
  • Habitat for Humanity of Collin County
  • The Samaritan Inn
  • Shiloh Place McKinney
  • Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation
  • The Turning Point Rape Crisis Center
  • Veterans Center of North Texas

"I have been a part of several nonprofit cohorts and leadership classes, but they all fall short of the impact that this group has made on both me as a leader and on our organization as a whole. We are now a better, smoother and more impactful organization than when we began." -Dr. Eppy Thern, Executive Director, Shiloh Place

“This cohort has been my greatest value and joy. It is an amazing feeling to be sitting at a grant presentation and seeing your fellow cohort present a grant, and you’re right there beside them rooting for them. Each session is designed to keep you engaged, start from a pain point and take you across the threshold to where you can see your organization not just succeed but thrive.” -Samra Ali, Manager of Programs, Texas Muslim Women's Foundation

“Participating in the cohort has been an opportunity to engage and make new connections with a diverse group of nonprofits and build lasting collaborative partnerships.” -Jackie Rakowski, Executive Director, Community Health Clinic