SCORE Offers Expert Advice for Building a Nonprofit to Success

Washington, D.C.—Mark Dobosz, The SCORE Foundation director of development, will speak on a panel at the White House National Conference on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives on March 9 in Washington, D.C. “Improving the Ability to Serve, Laying the Foundation to Expand” focuses on the nuts and bolts of how to grow a nonprofit organization and increase its effectiveness to serve more people in need. President George W. Bush is scheduled to attend this event.

As part of its efforts to help nonprofits grow, a team of SCORE counselors worked with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, plus materials from Executive Coaches of Orange County, CA, to develop a workshop for nonprofits that need help expanding their services. The goal of the workshop is to teach nonprofits how to develop funding resources to become more sustainable. It already has been beta tested in 18 SCORE chapters. The workshop will be available in May at SCORE chapters nationwide, along with a resource workbook and presenter’s guide.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, “SCORE is a leading source of business advice and information for nonprofit organizations—our communities’ other small businesses. We are excited for this opportunity to share SCORE expertise with nonprofit and corporate leaders.” Yancey adds, “The new workshop on capacity-building utilizes the experience of SCORE counselors who work with nonprofits every day. SCORE thanks Mike Mendez, a SCORE Foundation board director in Santa Fe, NM, for taking a lead role in its development.”

The White House National Conference on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives highlights how private grant makers can improve their outreach to faith-based and community organizations, as well as provide tips for social-service providers to compete for private grants. The goal is to foster relationships between private givers and grassroots groups to best serve local communities. More than 1,110 attendees are expected.

Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has assisted more than 7 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 volunteer business counselors in 389 chapters serve their communities through entrepreneurial education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses.

For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Or, visit SCORE on the Web at