Capacity-Building Grant - Alameda County Probation Department
Summer 2019 Update
LWVO's Capacity Building Grant activities were in full gear this past year. It's not a stretch to say that nearly every part of LWVO has been engaged in some level of grant-related activities. Our capacity to fulfill our mission and to be in better position to engage civically the re-entry population (people who were formerly incarcerated) has definitely been strengthened. While it was a new and demanding experience for our organization, League members stepped up to the challenge and devoted an extraordinary amount of time and brainpower along the way, and that was the key to our success. This 2-year grant from the Alameda County Probation Department has helped LWVO increase its capacity to better serve the Oakland community. Because of awesome teamwork we have:
- a Strategic Plan to guide us toward greater relevance and effectiveness
- a Development Plan to help assure our continued financial stability
- leadership training in how to increase donations
- a Technology Plan to increase our service delivery efficiency
- funding to support more robust software and needed hardware purchases
- operational manuals for all our portfolio committees to facilitate information transfer
- a Reentry task force that will engage consequentially with this community on an ongoing basis
- a Networking Manual to help structure our relationships with other Community Based Organizations
- new marketing and branding materials
- governance enhancements that will make us stronger and better organized,
- Membership and Volunteer Plans to improve the volunteer experience and member retention.
What is the grant?
The Alameda County Probation Department has awarded the League of Women Voters of Oakland a two-year capacity building grant for approximately $68,000. LWVO is using this money to enhance its ability to encourage informed and active participation in government.
Due to criminal justice reforms over the past few years, the responsibilities and resources of the Department have expanded. The Department is addressing its increased workload in part by awarding approximately $20 million in grants to community-based organizations like LWVO to help them enhance their capacity to improve outcomes for citizens reentering the community after serving time in prison. LWVO is investing its grant money in our organization so that we can sustainably and effectively encourage the entire community, including the reentry population, to become more civically engaged.
Please refer to Alameda County Probation Department and Alameda County Health Care Services Agency for further information on the origin and funding of this program. Refer to documents below for more information about the grant.
- Grant FAQs
- Request for Applications for Alameda County Probation Dept Community Capacity Fund
- Addendum to Request for Applications for Alameda County Probation Dept Community Capacity Fund
- LWVO Response to RFA: Grant Application to the Alameda County Probation Dept Community Capacity Fund
- Grant Powerpoint Diary
- Organizational Capacity Assessment Summary
- Initial Application for Grant ($5K award)
- Letter of recommendation: Board of Supervisors
Strategic Plan Stewardship Group Appointed
At the June 2018 Annual meeting, the board discussed the recently approved LWVO Strategic Plan and implementation strategies for goals set forth in the grant. Board members broke into small groups to identify specific tasks and suggestions of action for each goal.
To continue this work, the Grant Guidance Committee has appointed a Stewardship Group whose job will be to shepherd the League’s Strategic Plan through its implementation. It will make sure that the plan is on track and report at the monthly meetings of the Board.
Members of the Stewardship Group are: Elaine Ginnold, Chair, Louise Rothman Reimer, Treva Reed, Amy Lyons and Mary Bergan. Jen Cardenas will be the resource person along with Theresa Nelson and Mony Bauer as back up.