Fair Chance strengthens the sustainability and performance of nonprofits and their leaders to transform the lives of children and youth living in poverty. Its core program engages youth-serving nonprofits through a year-long partnership with Capacity Building Specialists who use intensive technical assistance to strengthen each partner’s operations. At the end of the year, partners graduate into an alumni network, where they take part in regular learning and networking opportunities. Fair Chance recently launched the Impact Academy, a pilot program working with three alumni partners to develop and implement outcome measurement tools and systems.

Target Audience

  • Executive directors of nonprofits with 501(c)3 status with 50% or more of their services going toward DC residents.

Get Involved

Seeking Technical Assistance? Fair Chance invites applications from new nonprofit partners with great potential to improve the lives of children and/or youth living in poverty. Additional information for partnership eligibility criteria and the application process can be found by clicking here.

Key Programs

Consulting and Technical Assistance
The Core Partnership pairs E.D.s with Fair Chance staff to provide up to 350 hours of technical assistance focused on core capacity building areas: leadership and board development, fundraising, financial management, strategic planning, program evaluation, human resources, and outreach and communications. Participants receive additional opportunities for learning, pro bono assistance, and peer networking opportunities with current and alumni partners.

Training and Educational Resources
Alumni Network services include quarterly workshops and clinics, peer networking and learning through the Executive Director Learning Community, pro bono legal services from Hogan Lovells, and access to an online partner e-Forum.

Program Deadlines

Click here to learn more about upcoming Fair Chance events and workshops.


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