1. What does NPDC do?

NPDC was founded in 2006 to help South Jersey’s non profit organizations continue to do good…but do it even better, this historically all-volunteer service organization is dedicated to enhancing the work of the region’s 10,000+ nonprofits and their leaders through technical assistance, information-sharing, education, celebrations, and networking. We like to say that “We do everything for the region’s NPOs…except write the checks.” And we even do that occasionally—when we present small stipends to our annual award winners, in recognition of their outstanding service to the community.

2. How do you do this?

We build NPO capacity across the region in three ways:
• We Educate
• We Connect, and
• We Celebrate.

We “educate” by providing technical assistance in workshops, seminars, and forums. We “connect” by hosting events that bring NPO leaders together and by introducing those leaders to potential sources of support, including key funders. And we “celebrate” by recognizing the individuals and organizations that are successful in achieving their not-for-profit missions.

3. Can you quantify your impact?

NPDC is accredited as a 501 (c) (3) organization by the IRS and has served more than 2,500 of the region’s NPO professionals and recognized more than 60 of the region‘s top NPO leaders and organizations at its annual Awards Dinner. In addition, the organization and eight of its volunteer leaders have been cited by former President Barack Obama with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

4. What are the “big picture” goals of the organization?

The overarching goals that comprise NPDC’s Vision include:
• Establishing South Jersey as the most “NPO friendly” region in the nation
• Being South Jersey’s leading supporter of the work of NPOs by providing:
– Technical assistance through capacity building programs, and
– Networking opportunities, and
– Visibility through recognition and celebrations of NPO successes.

5. And what is your mission?

Our Mission has always been to help the region’s non-profit organizations that provide direct services to their clients to do it “better.” And our operating premise has been that when we make even just one of our region’s NPOs better, we help us all.

NPDC was founded with the goal of increasing donors’ “social return on investment” and to stimulate new sources of philanthropy in this region and it executes this mission by providing opportunities for enhancing the work of Southern New Jersey nonprofits and their leaders through technical assistance, information-sharing, education, networking, and recognition and celebrations of success. This means that NPDC’s primary business is building capacity. And because we have traditionally been an all-volunteer organization, the money we raise has gone directly into providing programs that help other nonprofit organizations (NPOs).

6. Do you act alone…or do you have partners or affiliates?

We could never do what we do without lots of help from lots of individuals and organization, both for profit and not for profit. We are proud to be a product of the cooperation among and leveraging of resources from nonprofits, businesses, government, and higher education.

We value the direct support of organizations such as our legacy Presenting Partner, TD Bank, or our other generous sponsors, including Archer & Greiner, Bowman & Co., Ogletree Deakins, Republic Bank, and Rowan University.

We have also benefitted from both direct support and gift-in-kind services and from many valued partners, including Alloy Silverstein, Beneficial Bank, Camden County Boat House, Catholic Partnership Schools, Charity Services Center, Ciavo Design, EIRC, Idea Innovations, IRS, Linchpin Solutions, Manna Design, New Jersey American Water, People for People Foundation, PSEG, Seton Hall University, SJ Biz, Southern New Jersey Business People, The Joseph Fund, The Networking Exchange and Talk Exchange Radio, W.P. Hardy Consulting, and WMSH Marketing Communications.

And our reach would not be as broad as it has been without the collaboration of organizations that are committed to capacity building, such as the Wells Fargo Foundation, the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and the statewide Center for Non Profits, for which we are proud to serve as its Southern New Jersey affiliate.

7. You have an extensive Education Program…what’s involved:

NPDC’s educational programs have been created for leadership track NPO mangers as well as others wishing to broaden their skills and knowledge. Program participants learn to identify, understand, and apply a broad spectrum of management skills and practices in 20 critical areas of NPO program management, including NPO creation, fundraising, governance, communications, finance, program impact, succession planning, law, accounting, human resources, volunteer recruitment and utilization, public speaking, time management, effective meetings, and more, as well as the emerging area of social entrepreneurship and social ventures.

Our curriculum includes:
Strategic Planning: If You Don’t Know Where You Want to Go, You Can’t Get There

Fund Raising and Development: How to Get the Money You Need

Board Governance: What Every NPO Board Member Needs to Know

Communications/Marketing and Branding: If They Don’t Know You, They Can’t Help You

Effective Business Writing: Everything from Inter-Office Memos to Strategic Plans.

Elements of Successful Leadership: How to Motivate, Earn Trust, and Get Results

Finance & Budget: Budgets, Cash Flow, Fiduciary Responsibilities and More

Success Metrics and Program Impact: You Are What You Count

HR and Employment Law: Understanding Workplace Laws and Creating a Environment

Volunteer Management: Finding Them and Keeping Them.

Legal Issues for NPOs: What to Ask Your Lawyer

Accounting and Tax Exempt Issues: You Have to Know the Rules

Starting an NPO: What You Need to Know and What You Need to Do

Marketing the Small NPO on a Shoestring: Using “Earned Media” and Collaboration

Succession Planning for NPOs: Who holds the keys?.

Public Speaking for NPO Pros: Looking Good and Sounding Good

Time Management: Doing What You Like to Do vs. What You Need to Do

Effective Meetings: Is This Term Really and Oxymoron?

Social Media: What To Do and What Not To Do

Social Entrepreneurship and Social Ventures: The growing world of social entrepreneurship initiatives and social ventures.