Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center

Programs & Services

NCAC offers a suite of services, workshops, and resources that have been strategically designed to increase the effectiveness of and develop capacity for nonprofits, foundations and community organizations. These services have been developed and refined through a strategic planning process and annual survey of nonprofit stakeholders.

  • NCAC houses an extensive reference library filled with information on local & national foundations and best practice guides including:
    • NCAC is a Funding Information Network Partner of the Foundation Center, and houses the a core collection of print resources from the Foundation Center.As a Cooperative Collection, NCAC clients have access to the Foundation Directory Online Premium Edition and Foundation Grants to Individuals – the most powerful foundation search tools available with information on 120,000 foundations. Furthermore, NCAC houses over 40 foundation reference guides and indexes.
    • NCAC subscribes to Guidestar – the premier nonprofit information center that allows nonprofits to share their story and donors to make more informed decisions. Guidestar’s mission is t o revolutionize philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving .
    • The Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) Standards of Excellence Code Book and PA Nonprofit Handbook
    • “How to” resources guides and tip sheets on grant seeking, fundraising, grant writing, management best practices, nonprofit start-up, planned giving, strategic planning, etc.
  • NCAC offers individualized assistance to nonprofit and community organizations to assist with grant seeking, fundraising, and grant writing.
    • We provide training on The Foundation Directory Online and Guidestar
    • We provide critiques on grant proposals and Letters of Inquiry
    • We provide support and guidance on the development of fundraising plans
    • We provide customized funding searches
  • NCAC facilitates workshops to build nonprofit capacity in areas such as grant seeking, grant writing, strategic planning, demographics and statistics, board governance capital campaigns and fundraising.
    • PANO Standards of Excellence seminars
    • NCAC partners with the AFP NEPA Chapter on fundraising and planned giving seminars
  • Bi-weekly NCAC Fundamentals e-newsletter which includes regionally relevant funding and grant opportunities, resources available at NCAC, other articles related to nonprofit best practices and information on special events and programs.
  • Membership:Nonprofits and community organizations in our region are also eligible to become a member of NCAC. For only $35 annually, members of the NCAC receive:
    • Discounts to workshops and seminars sponsored by NCAC, NEPA Alliance, APF and various partners, including free admittance to NCAC’s Finding the Funding and Grant Writing Basics workshop series;
    • Reviews and critiques of grant proposals or letters of inquiry, if requested;
    • Customized funding searches for special programs or projects emailed to you directly, if requested;
    • Online exposure by being listed on the NCAC website, which includes a link to your site;

NCAC’s hours of operations are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with after hours or weekend access by appointment only. Appointments are preferred.

Staff Contacts

Kurt Bauman – NCAC, Executive Director
Athena Aardweg – Community Services Manager

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