Strategic Partnerships Research

Human Services

By Kristin M.

Marketing & Development Director

Posted Dec 6, 2018

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This project will save us $3,808 , allowing us to re-allocate staff time towards cultivating and maximizing our current funders.

What We Need

  • A list of potential corporations or foundations to target for a specific partnership or grant opportunity

Additional Details

As outlined in our current strategic plan, we are expanding our grant writing efforts to support the expansion of our programs for foster youth in Georgia. We are looking for additional research and advise on corporations and foundations to target as potential long-term partners and funders.

How This Will Help

Increasing overall grant funds is an important aspect of Bloom Our Youth's 3-year expansion strategy. As we continue to grow our programs for foster youth in Georgia, additional corporate/foundation funds will help us to build the program capacity needed to serve twice as many foster youth by 2021.

What We Have In Place

We currently have a grant writing tool kit, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a list of research and current funders, and the ability to provide any other information you need.

Fun Fact

One of Bloom's programs, The Bloom Closet, is a unique "mini-Macy's" for foster children to shop for free! It is decorated just like a store and many of the children don't realize it's not a "real" store. We even have different departments!

  • Estimated Time
    Volunteers: 5-15 hours over 1-2 weeks
    Organizations: 1-3 hours
  • Location: Remote (work anywhere)
  • Requirements: This project requires a short interview with the organization. If your application is accepted, you'll receive an email from Catchafire with instructions to schedule a call.

Project Steps

Milestone 1: Goal Setting
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional discuss current partnerships or grants (if any) and how they came about
  • Volunteer Manager shares information about program(s) that would benefit from a partner/funder and ideal criteria
Milestone 2: Research and Recommendations
  • Professional conducts research on corporations and/or grantmaking foundations as per the criteria laid out by the Volunteer Manager
  • Professional delivers list of recommendations and suggestions on how to make contact
Prerequisites for Professional
  • Experience researching partnership or grant opportunities (nonprofit or corporate)
  • Excellent written communication skills
Prerequisites for Organization
  • A clear vision of what a partnership would look like, or what you would use external funds for
  • Materials outlining your Organization’s mission & vision, programming, activities, etc.

Our Mission

The mission of Bloom Our Youth (d.b.a. Bloom) is to "provide safe shelter and physical, educational, and emotional support to children and youth who have been the victims of abuse, neglect, or other tragic circumstances in order to strengthen them for the next phase of life." Bloom advocates for foster children and families using a three-pronged approach. These services: 1) recruit, train, and certify foster families through the Bloom Foster Parenting Program; 2) educate foster parents through Bloom University; and 3) provide free clothing and essential items to foster children and foster families through The Bloom Closet.

Human Services Housing & Homelessness Youth Development