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Candid In Your Community

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As you may have already heard, Foundation Center joined forces with GuideStar to become Candid! Please read our press release for more context on the combining of our two organizations.

Bringing Candid’s vision to life requires a transformative approach to how we deliver programs and services to nonprofits—on the ground and online. Some of Candid’s many core assets include the resources that you have come to rely on from Foundation Center: our virtual and in-person trainings; Foundation Directory Online (FDO), our signature database for finding funding; Grantspace.org, our one-stop online portal for nonprofit professionals; and our Funding Information Network (FIN), which is 400+ mission-aligned partners in the U.S. and across the globe providing on-the-ground support to strengthen their communities.

We’re excited to share that Candid will deepen our investment in these existing services that help you advance your work. We’ll double-down on our efforts to share the most up-to-date information on what it takes to build impact-ready, sustainable organizations. And, we’ll be able to deliver to you the most up-to-date data and intelligence you need, as the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. We’ll show you how to amplify your voice and demonstrate your commitment to results through GuideStar Profiles, a free service to all nonprofits.

Through deeper and closer collaboration with our network of FIN partners, we’ll ensure that our services are available, far and wide. We’ll shift our efforts in maintaining our own direct-service locations to focusing on our FINs—which are already in your communities across the U.S. and in several countries. Please visit our FIN map to find a location near you. We’re thrilled to start 2019 with this as our commitment to you!

What does this mean for Candid’s library resource centers in the U.S.?

By the end of 2019, we will shift our Atlanta and Cleveland teams into a shared space with partner organizations and/or co-working sites. We will combine our GuideStar and Foundation Center offices in San Francisco/Oakland and Washington, D.C. (Foundation Center staff will move into GuideStar locations in these cities). Rather than asking you to come to us for in-person training or access to our fundraising tools, our team will be coming to a neighborhood near you: we’ve already scheduled pop-up visits and trainings at local FINs or other convenient places around the country and look forward to seeing you there.

Our public space in New York will continue to operate in its current form (still providing library services) and will eventually take on more of an incubator/laboratory role, enabling us to test new training programs, tweak, and systematize them so that we can deliver new content to the field.

Candid will continue providing direct online reference services at Grantspace.org, and will further build our eBooks collection, ensuring anytime, anywhere access to our online collection of information resources.

How will Candid’s training programs change?

Short-term: They won’t. Our team will continue delivering services and trainings to meet the needs of our community. We are committed to delivering all of the great in-person programs that we’re known for—from cohort learning circles to Proposal Writing Boot Camps, to larger, annual convenings. The only difference is that we will host many these programs out in the community in place of in our own offices.

Long-term: Candid’s programs will only get better. Combining Foundation Center’s rich data and research skills with the robust services provided by GuideStar leads to an expanded—and more diverse—portfolio of offerings to you. 2019 will be a year of strategizing and planning for a future where we can better serve the community we care the most about: you.

Who can you contact if you have more questions?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of our team members with questions or ideas:

Candid West (San Francisco): Michele Ragland Dilworth
Candid Northeast (New York + Washington, D.C.): Kim Buckner Patton
Candid South (Atlanta): Maria Azuri
Candid Midwest (Cleveland): Teleangé Thomas

We are thrilled for the opportunity this new operating model presents Candid; one in which we can more deliberately activate our time and talent to build the capacity of communities large and small, while we continue to deepen our programmatic impact in the cities where our staff are based. As always, you can connect with me directly to brainstorm on how we can serve you better.

This post is reprinted from the GrantSpace blog.

 Zohra ZoriZohra Zori is Candid's vice president, social sector outreach.

Topics: Candid Funding Information Network (FIN) GrantSpace.org Nonprofit Training Programs
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