ERIC Number: ED468230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
How To Strengthen Youth-Serving Nonprofits? Experiences of the James Irvine Foundation's Youth Development Initiative.
Human Interaction Research Inst., Los Angeles, CA.
The Youth Development Initiative (YDI) was a 5-year, $4.3 million dollar project to strengthen the management and organizational capacities of nonprofit youth-serving organizations so they could better meet expanding demands for service in their communities. Ten youth-serving organizations in Fresno, California, and 10 in Los Angeles participated in the initiative. YDI worked at improving the agencies' operations and building their infrastructure in the following management areas: (1) administration and finance; (2) facilities management; (3) fund development; (4) governance (board and executive leadership); (5) staff development and training; (6) information and technology support; (7) legal (personnel and liability management; and (8) planning and evaluation. Local and cross-site evaluations were conducted to identify organizations' accomplishments, strengths, and challenges. During the YDI, the mean annual budgets of the 20 participating youth-serving agencies at the end of the grant period increased from $570,000 to $875,000 and their average full-time staff positions increased from 9 to 17. The total number of youths served by the Fresno agencies tripled and the total served by the Los Angeles agencies increased by 20%. The organizations diversified their funding sources and increased their success rate in receiving grants by 68%. The YDI also had positive impacts on intermediary organizations, technical assistance providers, and evaluators. (MN)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Delivery Systems, Facility Planning, Financial Support, Grantsmanship, Guidelines, Information Technology, Legal Responsibility, Models, Nonprofit Organizations, Organizational Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizations (Groups), Philanthropic Foundations, Program Administration, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Risk Management, Self Evaluation (Groups), Staff Development, Strategic Planning, Technical Assistance, Training, Young Adults, Youth Programs
For full text: http://www.irvine.org/pdfs/YDI_Report.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: James G. Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: Human Interaction Research Inst., Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California (Fresno); California (Los Angeles)