Capacity Building Program for SELA Nonprofits

The SELA Collaborative is partnering with The Nonprofit Partnership to provide a 9-month long cohort program for local nonprofits to support nonprofit capacity building in the SELA region.

What Is It?

To meet our collective goal of empowering SELA communities to effectively address key issues impacting the region, there must be a concerted investment of time and resources dedicated to strengthening and expanding the region’s nonprofit sector. Whether providing direct services to families and children, organizing residents for social change, fostering affordable housing and community development, influencing public policies, or publishing research to elevate awareness of local issues, the nonprofit sector is a critical component and driver of any social change agenda.

Who Does It Serve?

This program will serve nonprofits based in and serving the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) region. These cities include:

Join One Of Our Networking Sessions!

Come meet other organizations working and serving in your community! As part of the program, the SELA Collaborative will be hosting 2 networking events that are open to nonprofits leaders on the following dates:

What To Expect?

In addition to a robust network of colleagues from various organizations, you can enroll in free classes, group coaching for fund development, and one-on-one consulting and technical assistance from our trainers.

        Fund Development

      • Three 2-hour classes

      Group Coaching Session for Fund Development

      • Three 1 ½ hour sessions

     Marketing For Nonprofits

      • Two 2-hour classes
      • Develop branding for your organization
      • Identify target audiences and craft precise messaging

  Setting Up Financial Management       Systems

      • Two 2-hour classes


      Networking & Funder Panel

      • Build relationships with other organizations serving and/or based in  SELA
      • Cultivate relationships with  representatives from philanthropic organizations

     1:1 Consulting & Technical Assistance

    Choose from a wide variety of topics  including but not limited to:

      • Grant Writing Advice
      • Team Support 
      • Leadership
      • Program Development 
      • Board Development

     Consulting & TA

    Sign up for Coaching & Technical Assistance HERE.

Meet Our Trainers

TNP offers a network of affiliate consultants who can provide your teams with individualized support when you sign up for 1:1 consulting/TA.

Carol Hass, Community Works Consulting Inc.

Carol A. Hass is the founder, President and CEO of Community Works Consulting Inc. In this position, she manages a team of 9 staff and affiliates, who together, secure $2.5 – $3-million in foundation and corporate grant funding annually, provide tailored facilitation services for complex planning purposes, and provide a range of support designed to build the capacity for the nonprofit sector. Carol brings to her position more than 20 years’ experience working and volunteering in and with community-based nonprofit organizations. She has a proven track record of creating environments where staff, volunteers and contractors thrive and deliver consistent, high-end results.

Leslie A.M. Smith, McCormick L.A. Public Relations

Clever, creative, smart. This is how clients describe Leslie A.M. Smith and she works diligently for each client to maintain that standard and perpetuate that reputation. She has an admirable combination of skills, demonstrating strengths in creative problem solving and implementing plans for success. Beginning her career at an Orange County advertising agency, Smith soon made a shift to association management and served as the communications director for local and statewide membership associations where she performed various public relations and community outreach functions. Since founding McCormick L.A. Public Relations in 1994, she has developed and implemented marketing and public relations programs that range from product launches and social initiatives to the front page and network news coverage.

Financial Systems Affiliate

To Be Announced.

Course Dates

This project is being launched with The Nonprofit Partnership, with generous funding by the Vernon CommUNITY Fund (VCF).