The Praxis Partnership
(formerly known as the Fair Chance Core Partnership)

The Praxis Partnership is a 12-month, customized capacity building engagement designed to increase organizational effectiveness, sustainability, and growth. Each year Fair Chance partners with a select cohort of nonprofit organizations that are likely to benefit most from our intensive, holistic capacity building approach, and have great potential to improve the lives of children/youth living in poverty. Partners receive up to 350 hours of organizational management expertise, at no cost, in the areas of Board Development, Financial Management, Fundraising, Human Resources, Leadership Development, Outreach & Communications, Planning & Strategy, and Program Evaluation. Additionally, nonprofit partners have access to supplemental learning opportunities, pro bono assistance, and a peer network of leaders from other partner and alumni organizations.


What We Look For

Our ideal partners are seeking to deepen their impact, serve more children, and take their leadership and organizations to the next level. We take into consideration the type, frequency, duration, and outcomes of services applicants provide, as well as the number of children/youth living in poverty who benefit from those services, the financial position of the organization, the type of capacity building assistance the organization needs, and the readiness and ability of the organization's leadership to focus on intensive capacity building.


Who is Eligible to Apply?

To be considered for partnership, organizations must have:

Organizations that are local affiliates or chapters of national nonprofits must meet the requirements above AND:

The following two factors are priority considerations for the partnership, but organizations that do not meet these criteria are still eligible and are strongly encouraged to apply:


Partnership Requirements

The Partnership is deeply rewarding and demanding. Executive Directors work with Fair Chance Capacity Building Specialists on a weekly basis, engaging their boards and staff when needed, to make progress on agreed upon goals and objectives related to organizational strengthening.


Our Results

The partnership transforms nonprofit leaders - increasing their knowledge, skills and confidence - and it increases the effectiveness and sustainability of their organizations. In our survey of executive directors of partner organizations:

97% reported that the partnership made their organizations more stable, efficient and effective.
90% expressed increased confidence in leading their organizations and greater ability to create collaborative settings to fulfill their missions.
87% declared increased ability to gather and report on data to evaluate their programs and secure additional funding.


Apply for a partnership Today

Applications are due by January 8, 2018 at 5:00 PM. If you have any questions, please contact us at Applications@fairchancedc.org.