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Community Development Partnership of West Virginia (CDP)
By Patricia McGill,
The Community Development Partnership of West Virginia (CDP) was chartered in 2003 as a result of a study in West Virginia that determined there was a need for an organization to provide support and assist community and economic development groups with organizational development and capacity building.
With support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the CDP formed a 501(c) 3 organization governed by a 13 member board representing various stakeholders in the community development industry.
The CDP board established long range goals for the organization that include:
The activities of the CDP thus far have focused primarily on providing training and technical assistance to local nonprofit organizations. A quarterly series of workshops accompanied by follow-up technical assistance have been offered in the areas of marketing, financial auditing, organizational development, legal issues in nonprofit organizations, and revenue generation. In addition, the CDP has offered scholarships for community based organizations to attend training workshops that address nonprofit business ventures.
In March, the CDP launched the first series of statewide workshops to introduce the National Standards for Excellence for Nonprofit Organizations to West Virginia nonprofits. The Standards for Excellence for Nonprofit Organizations was developed by the Maryland Nonprofit Association to provide training in accountability and management best practices. The Standards address eight key areas of nonprofit management; mission and program; governing body; conflict of interest; human resources; financial and legal; public accountability; fundraising; and public affairs and public policy. CDP is currently working with the National Institute to become the replication partner for this program in West Virginia. Once this partnership is finalized, the CDP will offer in depth training and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations who wish to move toward meeting the Standards.
The CDP is also currently developing a database of professional service providers who can provide assistance to nonprofit organizations at a reduced or nonprofit rate. Organizations needing legal, accounting, architectural, engineering, grant writing, fiscal management, marketing, public affairs, and consulting services can contact the CDP to get a referral to professionals in their area who can provide these services.
During the past year, the CDP has added over 800 organizations to their email database to receive notices of training and funding opportunities. Through collaboration with Grant Station, these organizations receive the Grant Station Insider each week to make them aware of funding available to nonprofit organizations.
Organizations and service providers who wish to become a part of the CDP network can become subscribers by accessing the online registration form on the CDP website at
Individual organizations may subscribe to CDP services for a first year introductory rate of $150. Professional service providers who wish to have access to CDP subscribers and receive referrals from CDP for training and professional services may become subscribers for $1000/year. Benefits for subscribers include substantial savings on workshop fees, training and technical assistance fees, access to templates, policies and procedures, and tools to help your organization meet the Standards through a password protected area on the CDP website.
The CDP Fundraising Toolkit will be available in May for purchase on the CDP website. In addition, nonprofit groups will find helpful information regarding tax issues, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and a host of other free resources. Please check the site often or feel free to contact the CDP at 343-3754 or by email at email@example.com
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