United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) is pleased to provide financial support to 79 partner agencies in our six-county service area every year. But that support extends far beyond the dollars alone. A perfect example is a new training series recently launched by UWCA, available free of charge to all our partner agencies and grantees. The training is being provided in collaboration with the Auburn University College of Human Sciences’ Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies.
The first training was held August 30th at Protective Life Corporation with 90 participants. Training covered topics such as recruiting and retaining nonprofit staff, nonprofit accounting basics and grant writing, followed by a networking lunch.
Brittany Spillman, Director of Community and Collegiate Programs at the Cary Center, said, “We are very excited about the partnership with UWCA. They serve a lot of nonprofits, and we want to reach professionals in that industry for capacity-building. A lot of people get into nonprofits because of their hearts and then receive most of their technical training on the job. Because of this, we want to provide those resources to help build them as professionals.”
Staff development and operating efficiency are two specific areas where the United Way partnership comes into play for nonprofits. UWCA’s Vice President of Agency Relations ShaKeitha Tatum said, “In addition to providing stable, core, unrestricted operating funds to our partner agencies, we want to expand our value-add to agencies. Providing professional development training at no cost to our community partners is a way we can supply more resources in addition to our allocated funds.”
To learn more about UWCA’s partner agencies, you can visit Partners Archive – United Way of Central Alabama (uwca.org)