Nonprofit Impact Initiative announces first grants to support long-term health of local nonprofits

August 21, 2019 – The Nonprofit Impact Initiative has awarded $35,000 in initial grants to strengthen local organizations in the first component of a multi-tiered program to support nonprofits in Brown, Door, Kewaunee and Oconto counties.

The first group learning session, the 2019 Impact Summit, is scheduled for November 6, 2019, and is open to nonprofit leadership, board volunteers and staff members.

The Nonprofit Impact Initiative is a new funding and program collaborative concentrated on supporting nonprofit development for long-term success. This initiative has four program pillars: capacity-building grants, group learning sessions, educational tools and technical assistance.

“The upcoming summit will be an opportunity for peers to share experiences and collaborate to address the needs of our community. We are excited to partner with other funders in the Nonprofit Impact Initiative to support our nonprofits with tools and resources and to provide leaders with an opportunity to work together in a new way,” said Amber Paluch, Vice President of Community Engagement for the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation.

Launched in early spring, the Nonprofit Impact Initiative recently distributed the first round of capacity-building grant awards ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 each. Funding supports the following efforts:

Altrusa House
Creation of a strategic plan that analyzes changes in healthcare delivery, the growing aging population and increased local pediatric services. This grant will also support development of staff technology skills.

Brown County Homeless & Housing Coalition
Development of a new website aimed at building capacity for multiple agencies. This effort will allow for a centralized resource and navigational directory, maximizing service effectiveness and efficiency.

Community Services Agency
Development of a strategic plan with key areas of focus including board development, partnership development and financial sustainability.

Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
Evaluation of the fund development team, including staffing and workload, and an organizational development plan focused on training in best practices for diversifying revenue streams.

Green Bay Botanical Garden, Nonprofit Leadership Development/CEO Roundtable
Facilitation of a year-long executive-level peer advisory group to examine ways to build the capacity and competencies of the executive directors and their leadership teams.

St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter
Development and implementation of a strategic communications campaign for the organization’s new status as an independent nonprofit.

The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for the next round of capacity-building grants through October 15, 2019. Learn more and apply at

Designed by nonprofit leaders, the 2019 Impact Summit will give nonprofits the opportunity to create networks to exchange experiences, best practices and solutions to drive meaningful change and position their organizations for long-term success. More information will be distributed to nonprofits in the coming weeks.

About the Nonprofit Impact Initiative
The Nonprofit Impact Initiative is a funding and program collaborative concentrated on supporting nonprofit development for long-term success. This initiative helps organizations navigate tough challenges and improve organizational effectiveness, so they are strategically positioned to best serve our community now and in the future. The Nonprofit Impact Initiative is a collaboration between the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, Bader Philanthropies and Retirement Research Group. We work in partnership with the Door County Community Foundation and Brown County United Way.