Fair Chance’s unique, free partnership programs help small nonprofits take their performance and community impact to the next level.

Our alumni say it best!





Our capacity building partnerships are successful because they are:

  • Relationship-based: Each Executive Director is paired with a Fair Chance Capacity Building Specialist who develops a deep understanding of the organization and its leadership throughout the Partnership
  • Customized: Each pair (Executive Director and Capacity Building Specialist) set specific goals and design a work plan for the course of the Partnership
  • Intensive: Both the Executive Director and the Capacity Building Specialist dedicate 8 hours/week to Partnership work, including weekly meetings. Staff and members of the board of directors also participate in the Partnership on specific projects

Fair Chance’s partnership programs fit the needs of community-based nonprofits serving children, youth, and families experiencing poverty in Washington, DC.


Pathways Partnership

An 8-month engagement that aligns leadership and organizational practices to build stronger nonprofits.


  • Click here for information about the Pathways Partnership and this year’s eligibility requirements.
  • Pathways focuses on strengthening capacity in two of the following areas: Board Development, Fundraising, Resource Alignment, and/or Program Evaluation
  • Fair Chance is now accepting applications for the Pathways Partnership starting October 2021. Apply here. Applications close on July 1, 2021, at 5 PM.
  • Not ready for a Pathways Partnership yet? The next application cycle will open in spring 2022.

Praxis Partnership

A 12-month engagement that strengthens organizational leadership and systems to foster sustainability and growth.



Not sure which partnership program is right for you?