A Catalyst for Change – Charge Up Collaborative Launches Website Connecting Nonprofits With Critical Operational Resources

Washington, D.C. (April 22, 2015) -- The Charge Up Collaborative announces the official launch of its website -- www.chargeupcollaborative.org. This resource is designed to help the Washington D.C. region’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities access high quality capacity building services tailored to specific organizational needs.

What is Capacity Building?
“Capacity building” is defined as the provision of organizational development assistance to improve the performance of a nonprofit organization on specific indicators. Such assistance can encompass a broad range of activities such as face-to-face and online training; technical assistance in person, by telephone, and online; and peer-to-peer or expert consultation, coaching, and mentoring; as well as other efforts to increase organizational infrastructure.

“This effort connects for the first time major capacity building organizations working to improve the nonprofit sector in the Washington, D.C. region. Chargeupcollaborative.org is a site, rich with opportunity, knowledge and connections. Nonprofits interested in building a sustainable organization and fulfilling their potential can find information about accessing pro bono and low cost services from a diverse group of capacity building organizations united in their commitment to excellence and social good,” noted Maria Nagorski, Director.

“One stop shop -- simple navigation”
Chargeupcollaborative.org is a “one stop shop.” A simple navigation tool allows an organization to input basic information about its needs and be directed to the organizations with appropriate services. The site directs users to a wide array of services available to nonprofits including organizational and leadership development, nonprofit management, board development, marketing and communications, financial planning, fundraising, strategic planning and technology.

Nagorski continued, “It’s wonderful to be a part of this amazing group of capacity building organizations. The Charge Up Collaborative we’re launching today is a testament to the power of working together and pooling resources, talents and skills. Keep in touch and see how by working together we’ll provide nonprofits throughout the region with increased opportunities for capacity building support and access to high quality services to meet their organizational needs."

About the Charge Up Collaborative
The Charge Up Collaborative is a partnership of leading capacity building organizations in the Greater Washington area. Members work to strengthen and build high performing nonprofit organizations by identifying their needs, assessing their readiness and providing them access to appropriate high quality services.  Through the sharing of resources and expertise, Charge Up partners strive to improve the sustainability, quality, and impact of the nonprofit sector. Working together they are modeling collaboration and the greater good that can be achieved through collective action. Charge Up is grateful for the support of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz and Eugene and Agnes E Meyer Foundations as well as the contributions of each of the partner organizations. Partners include:

Catalogue for Philanthropy
Center for Nonprofit Advancement
Charter Board Partners
Fair Chance
Foundation Center
Human Services Coalition of Prince George’s County
The Leadership Sanctuary
Maryland Nonprofits
Nonprofit Village
Standards for Excellence
Stone Soup Films
Taproot Foundation
Volunteer Fairfax

For more information:Contact: Maria Nagorski at info@chargeupcollaborative.org
Go to: www.chargeupcollaborative.org
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