Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston

Contact Information

7 Palmer Street, 3rd Floor
Roxbury, MA 02119 - 3213
(617) 445-2737 13
Nonprofit Capacity Building Program 2011

Executive Summary


Lead intermediary: Black Ministerial Alliance, Roxbury, MA.


United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Boston and Lowell, MA.

Core competencies: 16 years outcome measurement training, including, database of evaluation tools for youth nonprofit organizations (NPOs).

Emmanuel Gospel Center's Applied Evaluation Systems, Boston, MA. Core competencies: 8 years outcome measurement training, relationships in Boston's immigrant communities.

BMA's 2011 project builds on its successful 2010 Nonprofit Capacity Building Project serving 55 youth NPOs in the same area, with these goals:

1. To build the capacity of BMA and its partners to develop and sustain performance management (PM) systems in youth NPOs in greater Boston over the long term beyond the grant period, and

2. To assist 34 NPOs working with youth at high risk ages 12 to 24 in implementing PM systems that measure progress on youth outcomes, in addition to the 55 served in the 2010 project in the same area.

Key Methodologies Used:

BMA/Partner Sustainability:

-49 hours training/coaching by David Hunter for two BMA senior staff to deliver Theory of Change clinics.

-External evaluation report of 2010 project and two public forums to share learning from 15 NPOs.

Build PM systems:

-Using the same successful strategies in the 2010 project, provide individualized and group technical assistance to 34 NPOs using group trainings, webinars, and expert consultation.

-Measure success using a pre- and post-test to determine progress on 17 capacity benchmarks.

Geographic area served: Communities within Suffolk, Middlesex, and Essex Counties facing resource challenges, focus on cities of Boston, Lowell, Lynn, and Lawrence, MA.

Number of small and mid-size NPOs: 9 NPOs receive ongoing services; 25 additional NPOs receive training services, total of 34 NPOs served.


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