Center For Nonprofit Leadership

Nonprofit Assistance Initiative

Combined to offer grants & services to strengthen your nonprofit

Managing your nonprofit by following best practices strengthens your organization, helps you accomplish your mission, and helps you meet the needs of your clients in the community.

The Nonprofit Assistance Initiative (NAI) is a joint program of the Connecticut Community Foundation and the United Way of Greater Waterbury.

Launched in 1998, NAI resulted from the Foundation’s community leadership efforts to improve services to the community by helping nonprofits operate more effectively and efficiently.

We brought area nonprofits together, listened and responded to their needs for assistance with board development, strategic planning and financial management.

Nonprofit Survival Kit

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence can help your nonprofit survive a tough economy. We are your partner in helping your nonprofit operate at its best with a full “survival kit” of services and programs like:

Organization Checkup
Test your organization's health with an online survey


Skilled professionals provide consultant services at no cost

Nonprofit Excellence Grants

  • Funding to help your organization run more efficiently, and deliver services more effectively
  • Funding and technical assistance to facilitate collaborations and mergers of nonprofits who would better survive working together than alone (see top right)

Learning opportunities for staff, volunteers and boards

Online Resources
List of links and selected articles on making the best use of your resources

Contact NAI Program Officer, John Long to discuss your organization’s needs and how NAI can help.

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