LACF Announces Jumpstart Fundraising Cohort

(LACF News) –  Six area non-profit organizations have been selected by the Los Alamos Community Foundation to participate in Jumpstart, a year-long fundraising capacity building program.  After a competitive selection process, the six organizations chosen are: Embudo Valley Library, Family Strengths Network, Los Alamos Family Council, Los Alamos Historical Society, Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB), and Santa Fe Dreamers Project.  These organizations will receive personal coaching, specific tools, professional services, software and an evidence-based framework in an immersive, twelve-month program designed to take them to the next level of financial stability.

The Jumpstart Fundraising Program is funded by Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) and Network For Good. 

“To be successful, nonprofit organizations have to run sound, effective businesses in addition to delivering services to their clients,” said Todd Nelson, N3B Senior Communications Specialist. “We’re pleased to partner with LACF to help drive impact in the region through philanthropy, and with this project, help area nonprofits become better businesses.” 

Network for Good’s Jumpstart Fundraising Capacity Building program uses a high-impact combination of tools during a 12-month period: a Personal Fundraising Coach (PFC) plus state-of-the art fundraising and donor management technology, that simultaneously, increase nonprofit leaders’ abilities to fundraise while increasing revenue, in real time. 

Lisa Zuhn, executive director of Los Alamos JJAB is especially excited by the opportunity to implement new fundraising tools and processes. “We’re thrilled to be chosen for the Jumpstart Fundraising Program, especially the ability for our staff to work with an individual fundraising coach over the next year,” said Zuhn. “Our goal is to increase our diversification of funding and enhance our efforts to provide additional programs and resources for youth and families within the community.”

Typically, after one year of committed fundraising while implementing fundraising skills learned in the Jumpstart in real time, participants see an average increase of more than 20% more revenue, while building their organizational capacity. “A non-profit’s financial sustainability cannot be achieved in one year, nor through a single grant,” explained Rachel Kizielewicz, executive director of LACF.  “To create the lasting impact our donors, boards and volunteers envision, we must ensure our local nonprofit organizations are financially-resilient, with the capacity to deliver services and sustain impact, year after year.”

About the Los Alamos Community Foundation: Established in 2015, the focus of the Los Alamos Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our community by inspiring, facilitating and supporting enduring philanthropy, and building the capacity and success of our local nonprofit organizations. The Los Alamos Community Foundation currently stewards eleven local endowed funds and has total assets of more than $800,000. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit