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Capacity Building

Capacity building support plays a crucial role for nonprofits as it boosts their capacity to fulfill their mission, develop infrastructure, ensure sustainability, and enhance governance and leadership, thereby magnifying their impact within their communities. At Robins Foundation, we believe in the significance of capacity building and actively support local nonprofits by facilitating their access to and participation in two exceptional programs: Catchafire and Bonterraformerly Network for Good.

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Bonterra, formerly Network for Good, is a donor management and fundraising platform that has a mission to provide nonprofits with the tools and resources they need to raise funds, engage donors, and create lasting impact. 

Robins Foundation sponsors approximately 15 organizations per year to participate in Bonterra’s Jumpstart Program, which improves the financial sustainability of small nonprofits in greater Richmond. The program provides each organization with the fundraising software for free, as well as one-on-one coaching over a 12-month period to build their fundraising capacity, diversify revenue, and sustain and grow their programs. Coaches provide participating organizations with fundraising guidance, education on technical infrastructure, and ongoing, collaborative peer-learning opportunities to help assess needs, opportunities, and readiness.

To learn more about the impact of the Jumpstart Program, click to watch videos from two of our recent participants ReEstablish Richmond and Chesterfield Education Foundation. If you are interested in being considered for next year’s Jumpstart cohort, please email us at grants@robinsfdn.org for more information about the selection process.

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Catchafire is a platform that connects skilled professionals with nonprofit organizations to provide pro bono services such as strategic planning, marketing campaigns, website development, financial analysis, and more. By leveraging Catchafire, nonprofits can access expertise that they may not have in-house or the financial resources to hire externally.

Each year, Robins Foundation sponsors local nonprofits for participation in Catchafire. In 2021 and 2022, we invested $230,000 to sponsor 200 local nonprofits’ access to Catchafire volunteers. Those organizations received over $1 million in benefit from completed pro-bono projects. 

In 2023 and 2024, we can sponsor an unlimited number of Richmond area nonprofits to use Catchafire. If you are interested in accessing the skills-based volunteers on the platform, please submit this form. We will reach out within two weeks with next steps. You can learn more about Catchafire and its benefits by watching a quick video overview or watching the Catchafire webinar we conducted last year.