The Nonprofit Partnership

Have You Heard?

  • What Do Nonprofits Stand For?

    Nonprofit leaders and the general public agree on at least one thing - nonprofits own the value of caring. But both of those groups need to update and refresh their concept of what values characterize nonprofit work. The bottom line is that nonprofits care enough to employ people. See the Nonprofit Listening Post Study of nonprofit employment data by region. more >

  • The Fiscal Health of Erie Nonprofits

    The Nonprofit Partnership has taken its annual look at the fiscal health of its member nonprofits, and these are the dominant themes for 2014:

    • Profitability has returned to Erie County. After a year when only 45% of nonprofits showed operating surpluses, 62% did so in 2013.

    • Human Services outperformed the field after years of trailing the pack.

    • Larger nonprofits are growing and are outperforming their smaller counterparts.

    • Wild up and down fiscal swings are becoming more commonplace.more >

  • Inventorying Our Assets: Nonprofits Employ People

    Employment is still the hot-button issue today, and while it’s not news that nonprofit work is overwhelmingly a people-to-people business, recent data highlights the fact that even in spite of the recession, nonprofits are seeing job growth while the rest of the economy is shedding jobs at a significant rate. According to data released by the Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Economic Data project and the Bureau of Labor Statistics and chronicled in the newly released The State of Nonprofit America, nonprofit jobs grew at a cumulative rate of 5% between 2007 and 2010 while job in the for-profit sector declined at an 8% rate during the period. Overall, nonprofits have grown 20% faster than the rest of the economy since 1977. more >

Story Corner

The Nonprofit Partnership supports the development and dissemination of organizational stories through multiple media and in a variety of settings to help you reach your intended audience with your compelling message.

YMCA Kids Club Video: A Heart of the City Transformation Story

What's Happening

Communications Makeover

Makeover Projects

NPP's Communications Makeovers align the content and strategy in your primary tools: website, e-news, brochure, and annual report. Our continuous consultation model offers a package of services to guide you through improvements to your most important communication tools.

Project Blueprint


Project Blueprint builds diversity on Erie's nonprofit boards and helps nonprofit organizations comply with one of their most essential mandates - listening to the voices of all stakeholders. See how this partnership program empowers individuals from around our community to build more inclusive boards of directors. Apply online for this year's class here. The program starts on May7.

Strategy and Business Planning

Strategy and Business Planning

Today we find an increasing number of our member organizations are having to re-tool their strategic plans and sharpen their business plans to focus more on realistic, sustainable strategies for organizational growth and success. Many are finding the answers they are seeking in short-term, focused work with NPP staff.

Get Connected

Get Connected Volunteer Portal

The Nonprofit Partnership and United Way of Erie County have an online volunteer portal to match agency needs with the skills and interests of the many giving and caring individuals who support their communities by giving of their time and talent daily. Enter your profile now and join the volunteer movement here in Erie County.

Get Connected
First Impression

First Impressions Count

The feeling you get from the doorway, entryway, and waiting area of a nonprofit agency starts the wheels turning in forming opinions and judgements about the organization, its leadership, and its quality. See how our First Impressions team is bringing an organization's story into its entry space through design.

Fabric of Community

Leaders' Learning Circles

The recent Daring To Lead report shows that nonprofit leaders consider Peer-To-Peer Learning and individual coaching the most effective means of professional development. Peer networks are especially effective at reducing feelings of isolation and the sense that one’s ‘problems’ are unique. A group-based Leadership Series with components that nurture key leadership skills: Setting Direction, Creating Alignment, and Inspiring Action awaits you in 2015.

Our mission:

To enhance the management and governance of regional nonprofit organizations through capacity-building programs and services.


The Nonprofit Partnership serves as staff for the Erie Community Fund Drives Committee and in this role offers training, technical assistance, and guidance for the development of best practice capital campaigns.
Community Fund Drives resources


Quick Link Resources for Nonprofit Webinars, Social Media help, and more...

BoardSource Governance Resources and Webinars

Charity How To (Webinars and Nonprofit Tutorials)

John Haydon (Facebook and Social Media Expertise)

Nonprofit Web Advisor (Nonprofit Webinars)

Social Brite (Social Media Solutions for Nonprofits)

Upcoming Events

The Executive's Role in Volunteer Management

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 2:00 to 4:30 pm at Ambassador Conference Center, 7794 Peach Street, Erie.

Presented by Susan Ellis, President and Founder, Energize, Inc.

Nonprofit leaders have a key role in making sure that volunteers in our organizations are used in the best way possible. Join us for a practical and insightful afternoon led by Susan Ellis, one of the country's foremost experts on volunteerism.


Family Volunteerism

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 9:00 to 11:00 am at WQLN Learning Center, 8425 Peach Street, Erie.

This summer Get Connected will be promoting family volunteerism in the Erie region - projects that families can take on as a team with member nonprofits. The purpose of this workshop is to develop a wide range of engaging projects that meet the needs of both agencies and families. NPP staff will share model projects, resources, planning tools to help you structure and offer a family volunteerism project that will be rewarding for all.


Board Boot Camp: A Governance Best Practices Dinner

Thursday, May 7, 2015 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the Ambassador Conference Center, 7794 Peach Street, Erie.

Always one of the highlights of our year, this boot camp presents an opportunity for new and seasoned board members alike to immerse themselves in the basics of good governance – the legal issues, creating a culture of engagement, and being effective askers and ambassadors. For a tune-up or for your first foray into board work, this is an event not to miss.

PANO Standards for Excellence Primer - Part I

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at WQLN Learning Center, 8425 Peach Street, Erie.

Presented by Strategy Solutions, Inc.

PANO has designed a primer format which gives an overview and policy and practice basics for its highly regarded Standards of Excellence series, giving you key insight into Mission and Program, Governing Body, Conflict of Interest, Human Resources, Financial and Legal Issues, Openness, Fundraising, and Public Affairs and Public Policy. Join us for the first half of this two session series. Part II follows on June 24.


Making Your Case

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 9:00 to 11:00 am at WQLN Learning Center, 8425 Peach Street, Erie.

Presented by Robert Wooler, The Nonprofit Partnership.

An effective case for funding involves deftly combining your organization's unique strengths, your market niche, the need for your solution, and your approach - defined by a well-crafted logic model. Join us for this session that will help you fit the pieces together in an irresistible way as a prelude to a grant proposal or funder or stakeholder presentation.

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