What are the components and process of the two phases of the BEST Pilot Project?
Assessment Phase: Nonprofit organizations serving Genesee County undergo a thorough organizational assessment, which has proven to be a valuable opportunity independent of the capacity building phase. Nonprofit agencies interested in participating in the consultant-led assessment process are asked to submit an application. Members of the Flint Funders Collaborative review all applications. Grant awards are made and monitored by the United Way of Genesee County. In most cases a team of two consultants coordinate the in-depth organizational assessment. Agencies select consultants from a vetted roster. Agencies are free to select outside providers, but they must successfully apply for membership in the BEST pool to receive project funds. The BEST Consultant Roster includes more than fifty consultants whose resumes and references have been screened and who have participated in a BEST training session and in-depth orientation. For approximately 4 months, consultants do a complete document r