Resource Guide

These resources are also shared in PDF format in our Session 3 content. Scroll to browse the entire list or click on a topic to jump to that section:     

Funding opportunities
The City’s American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) funds are committed. However, those interested in learning how those dollars are benefitting our community can find more information on our ARPA dashboard, which can be found at:

City of Rochester ARPA

City of Rochester ARPA, Reporting Dashboard (Overview of Projects & Appropriations)
The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC) is the strategic economic advisory board for the greater Rochester, New York region that includes the counties of Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Orleans, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.

Sign up at to stay up to date on future funding and info sessions:
New York State Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council
Community Investments & Partnerships

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is committed to making Upstate New York a better place to live, work and raise a family. As a nonprofit health plan, their mission is to provide access to affordable health care and continually improve the health and health care of residents in the communities we serve.

Their community investment opportunities strive to address disparities that impact our members and the communities in which they live. While they are unified in our mission to help people live healthier, more secure lives, their diverse approaches consider the prevailing challenges in each region.

The 2023 focus areas will support investments continually in our community, with Event Sponsorships and Health and Wellness Awards offered year- round. This summer, they will launch a call for ideas with an opportunity for selected applicants to apply for Health Equity Innovation Grants.
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Fundraising & grantwriting
Grants 4 Good

This is a free resource by Margit Brazda Poirier. She founded Grants4Good in 2009 to help nonprofit organizations and businesses find and get grants.

The guide is meant to be a quick reference point and keep things super simple. Margit’s goal is to make the grant-seeking process as easy as possible for you…and give you the best of her 25+ years of experience with this work.
Immersive Grant Writing Program for Women of Color

Funded by ESL Federal Credit Union, in collaboration with Grants4Good, the Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley will be accepting applications for its Immersive Grant Writing Program, designed for organizations led by women of color.
The Central Library’s Grant Resource Center has many resources available to help you with grant seeking, including the Foundation Directory Online database. To learn more about the Library’s grant resources or to schedule an appointment call 585-428-110.

Upcoming programs on grant seeking can be found here.

As a partner of the Funding Information Network of Candid, a nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, these fully searchable databases include detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation’s top funders, and interactive mapping tools.

There are additional links to grant websites on the RPL’s website.
Google Ad Grants shows your message to people searching for nonprofits like yours.

Each qualifying nonprofit has access to up to $10,000 per month in search ads shown on Additional Google Ads may be purchased in a separate account.
NonprofitReady provides support for grant writing with free classes and best practices. Learn everything from acquiring public grants to proposal writing to various funders all in one place.
The Fundraising Authority offers a range of fundraising how-tos and pointers. Find articles on fundraising basics, direct-mail tactics, and donor cultivation to get your nonprofit off the ground.
The Classy Blog has everything from fundraising and marketing advice to technology trends and industry insights. Learn how to enhance your donor engagement strategy and modernize your online, peer-to-peer, event, and crowdfunding strategy. Plus, boost your knowledge even further with our free downloadable guides, webinars, and case studies.
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nonprofit management & technology support
Capstone/Practicum Projects

Capstone and practicum course students have successfully completed a rigorous set of upper-level undergraduate or graduate level coursework in computational statistics, data mining, machine learning and computational tools in data science. Since the program was launched in 2016, over 75 projects from 45 companies have been offered to students, spanning a broad range of industry segments including Healthcare and Government/Public Agencies.

Internship Partnership Program Overview

The New York State Center of Excellence (CoE) in Data Science at the University of Rochester offers a Data Science Internship Program. We recognize that for some organizations data science is a valuable tool for identifying business opportunities, supporting decision making, and developing business strategies, while for others it is an integrated component of the products they develop or services they offer. With that broad perspective, this program aims to support small businesses and startups in New York in reaching their business objectives by facilitating their access to student talent in data science. The Center funds two-month summer internship projects for small businesses/organizations that are selected from proposals submitted by companies interested in partnering with us.
The Day of Quality is held on a specific day in the fall of each year and is a time when process excellence professionals from organizations all over the greater Rochester area work with not-for-profit organizations and small businesses to help improve a key operational process at their home location. Free one-day quality improvement process for nonprofits (application required).
Nonprofit Success Pack is the foundation of Salesforce for Nonprofits.

Many of our customers start their Nonprofit Cloud journey with the Nonprofit Success Pack (NPSP) which takes the world’s #1 CRM and reimagines it for your nonprofit organization. NPSP is a mature, industry standard-data model with objects and capabilities to help manage your income streams, inbound grants, and programs in one place.

Your first 10 subscriptions are FREE as part of our Power of Us Program.
LinkedIn for Nonprofits Resource Hub

You work hard to make an impact — and balancing multiple responsibilities with a limited budget can be challenging. That’s why we created the Resource Hub, a collection of guides, best practices, and expert advice to help you make the most of the free features available on the LinkedIn platform.
BoardSource is the recognized leader in nonprofit board leadership research. This board development resource provides leaders with an extensive range of tools, resources, and research data to increase board effectiveness and strengthen organizational impact.
The National Council of Nonprofits provides nonprofits with the tools, research, and resources needed to operate more effectively, efficiently, and ethically. To advance equity, we make these materials available for free to all nonprofits.

Our trusted resources in the categories listed below can help you grow your organization’s capacity to advance its mission.
TechSoup is an online community that brings nonprofits, foundations, and libraries the technology solutions needed to maximize efficiency.

Check out articles and educational tools on the best use of technology for your organization. You can also access discounted products and services from the community’s various software partners.

Explore their nonprofit tech marketplace.
The Nonprofit Technology Network is a community of nonprofit professionals using technology effectively to achieve their missions. Here, you can find a range of nonprofit benchmarks and reports regarding technology usage in the sector, as well as other resources about how to infuse technology into your organizational strategy.
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community space
United Way offers two ADA accessible, modern conference facilities and meeting resources complete with everything you need to host your next meeting or team gathering at 75 College Avenue, in the heart of the Neighborhood of the Arts. All are welcome in our neutral convening spaces.
Coordinated Care Services, Inc. (CCSI) offers spaces that are fully equipped with everything you need to run a training or meeting.

o Erie Canal Training Room – can accommodate up to 65 people (classroom style)

o Glenn Gravino Board Room – can accommodate up to 30 people.
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