Blue Shield of California Foundation Strong Field Project
Strong field project – about the project
what is the project?
The Strong Field Project is a four-year effort, started in 2010, aimed at building a strong, coordinated network of domestic violence service providers in California. The Project develops individual leadership skills, stronger organizations, and networking and expanded knowledge-sharing opportunities across California’s domestic violence field.
who’s behind the project?
Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) is the largest private funder of domestic violence organizations in California, investing $33 million since 2002. BSCF’s grants for core support have helped keep doors and phone lines open at the 100-plus service providers that make up our domestic violence safety net.
To build on its history of training and core support, the Foundation is committing more than $7 million to support three Strong Field Project components:
o Strong Leadership
o Strong Organizations
o Strong Networks
Both veteran and emerging leaders from domestic violence organizations need opportunities to refresh and develop necessary skills to achieve their full leadership potential.
Over four years, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is offering a customized program for leaders from California domestic violence organizations. Focused on leadership and management skills, the program will produce a critical mass of individuals equipped to inspire others, make smart business decisions, and consider new ways of service delivery – benefiting their own organizations and leading the field forward.
Through a competitive application process, two cohorts of leaders are being selected to participate in 18-month program cycles that include individual and peer coaching, intensive seminars and curriculum, policy education, networking, and alumni gatherings.
Economic conditions and deep cuts in government funding are compelling service providers to think differently about their organizational structures, partnerships, and funding, in order to sustain stronger organizations.
Through Women’s Foundation of California, the Project will award up to 30 grants to current BSCF grantees to strengthen their organizations and California’s domestic violence field. Participants are selected through a rigorous application process to identify organizations poised to strengthen their capacity – or the field’s capacity – such as through collaboration, innovative organizational structures, improved fundraising, strategic communications, or financial planning.
The Women’s Foundation of California manages this regranting program and applies high-touch, wraparound support to each grantee. As best practices and new models are developed, the Project will share them with the field.
Recognizing that a stronger network of providers is key to strengthening the social safety net, the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (the Partnership) already plays a leading role in connecting organizations. The Project aims to build on this work so that the field is strongly, constantly connected and able to share best practices and more effectively serve those in need.
Jemmott Rollins Group (JRG) and the Partnership are helping to strengthen the networks that connect California’s domestic violence organizations through state and regional institutes, peer networking, and assuring quality technical assistance support.
The Partnership and JRG will conduct regional and statewide convenings, trainings, and webinars for domestic violence leaders from across California.
An Advisory Group of California domestic violence leaders ensures that the Project is responsive to the field’s most pressing needs.
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