HPFF is very proud to announce our acceptance into Mid-America Arts Alliance’s ENGAGE Houston program!!!
ENGAGE is a new program, informed by the HELP (Hands-on Experiential Learning Project) program, combining the same strong local-needs emphasis with new opportunities for participant collaboration and networking. ENGAGE culminated from:
- 2011 Houston Needs Assessment. This research involved 52 organizations in the Houston Area. The research uncovered local capabilities, needs, and training preferences.
- The goal of this work was emerge from that understanding with the design of a multi-year training program that will empower a targeted group of those institutions to better address issues surrounding capacity building and sustainability.
- Good Governance
- Fundraising and/or Finance
- Community Needs and Outcomes
The ENGAGE Houston team has a specific set of principles that guides the program components of on-site coaching, peer meetings, and organization goal formation. Principles are:
- Respect the individuality of each organization.
- Impart project ownership to all participants.
- Commit multi-year assistance to participants.
- Encourage self-sufficiency and innovation.
- Generate supportive peer networks and routine cooperation.
- Celebrate achievement.
Participating organizations in the project will:
- Take part in three in-depth, consecutive, nine-month cycles of participation
- Determine their own individualized goals for improvement in the project topic areas
- Enhance their professional network in the greater Houston cultural and nonprofit communities
- Make steps to build infrastructure
- Strengthen self-sufficiency
The project will support organizations by:
- Establishing a baseline measurement of the general organizational health of each participating organization and measuring improvements over the life of the project
- Providing consistent, on-site, customized improvement consultations to all participating organizations
- Generating a supportive peer network among participants to accelerate learning, engender routine resource sharing, and spark opportunities for creative peer collaborations
- Delivering all training under the broad heading of “community impact,” but focus individualized coaching and assistance in three specific areas: Good Governance, Fundraising/Finance, and Community Needs and Outcomes.