Utica, N.Y. - The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties is changing the way it chooses which nonprofits to fund.
Foundation officials held a webinar Wednesday morning with 80 nonprofits in the two county region to let them know the foundation is instituting what they're calling their "Inquiry-to-Investment" program.
Foundation officials say most funders, like community foundations, have historically relied on nonprofits to fill out a lengthy grant application, and either it was approved and they received funding, or it wasn't and they didn't.
Starting April 1st, nonprofits will fill out an inquiry online form as a first step in a more in-depth, two-way discussion of their needs and how the foundation might be able to support them.
Community Foundation of Herkmer and Oneida Counties President/CEO Alicia Dicks says this change will be beneficial to communities in both counties, "10 years ago we were looking at, is the grant application filled out right, is it written well, is the information in the right place and we would kick out an application because maybe they didn't fill out a right line. That is the old mindset that we are trying to transition away from and really look at outcome, solution-based results.
The new inquiry-to-investment online program is a six month program.
It goes into effect April 1st and nonprofits can engage with the Community Foundation from that date through September 30th.