JumpStart: Partnering with Network for Good

UWLES partners with Network for Good, Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and the Richard A. Henson Foundation to provide Jumpstart—a 12-month fundraising capacity-building program—to our local nonprofit community.  Jumpstart includes personal fundraising coaching, a donor management platform, expert support, and peer engagement.  Participating nonprofits gain the resources to attract more donors, increase fundraising, collect data, and enhance donor relations. 

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Our local Jumpstart program has much to celebrate! All three Cohort 4 Jumpstarters increased fundraising revenues and grew their donor volume during the 12-month program!


Altogether, they turned the $15,000 investment of our local funding partners into $121,316 in net new revenue, animating community-based philanthropy in the Eastern Shore during a period of great economic uncertainty.




Our Lower Shore Jumpstart Participants: 


Cohort 1--Delmarva Discovery Center, Recovery Resource Center, Chesapeake Housing Mission 

Cohort 2--Epoch Dream Center, Diakonia, The Child & Family Foundation/One Year to Empowerment 

Cohort 3--Samaritan Ministries, It Takes a Village to Help our Children, Lower Shore Land Trust 

Cohort 4--Village of Hope, Tri Community Mediation, Horizons Delmarva 

Cohort 5 (current) --Awaken Recovery, Lead 4 Life, The Haitian Development Center, and Wicomico Environmental Trust



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Work With Us - Executive Director of Wicomico Environmental Trust - Wicomico  Environmental Trust


How has Jumpstart impacted local nonprofits? 


"The new unrestricted funding from our individual donors has been extremely beneficial in allowing for flexibility in our programming. The resources gained through a robust fundraising platform and CRM truly impact stewardship and donor relations, something many smaller nonprofits simply don't have the capacity to focus on."

-- Joe Laque, Horizons Delmarva Inc.


"I am new to the Village of Hope so I am still learning how this organization has benefitted from the use of NFG. One aspect of the software that has been particularly helpful for the VOH is the event page. We are in the process of hosting a golf tournament and the online event page has proven beneficial. We should net over $10k from this fundraiser. I've been a Jumpstart participant with two different organizations. I think the program is great for any organization who does not have access to donor management software. Especially smaller non-profits in the area. NFG is great for engaging with donors and for fundraising event support."

--Jeannette Burney, Village of Hope


Previous to our ability to access the NFG donor management system, we were housing our data for our donors, prospects, and volunteers in separate spreadsheets – what a nightmare! With NFG we have been able to consolidate our all of our records into one system, eliminating the need to maintain, filter, merge, and deduplicate manually.” 

-- Laura Schmader, Outreach Coordinator, Chesapeake Housing Mission 


The best part of the software is how it allows us to have all our information in one place. Using the software for our "Lighting Up" Recovery Breakfast was great. It gave me the capability to build a campaign page that was linked to our social media and website. One click would take interested parties to the campaign page where they could purchase tickets or sponsorships. We sold 145 tickets. Total net funds raised came to $11,344.00!” 

--Curtis Paul, Executive Director, Recovery Resource Center 


Quite simply, the Network for Good donor management system and the associated JumpStart cohort were a gift we desperately needed but didn’t know we were missing . . .  At the end of our year with JumpStart, we were so proud of all we accomplished as we enjoyed the fruits of our labor –happier donors, more giving, and a more connected Epoch community.”    

Elisabeth Murphy, Administrative Director, Epoch Dream Center