Philanthropy Institute

Harnessing the ‘power of three’ to assist local nonprofits with grant expertise and training.

Philanthropy Training

Ensuring local nonprofits have free philanthropy training and access to nationwide foundations and their grant and funding opportunities is the focus of a unique partnership between Las Positas College (LPC)Tri Valley Nonprofit Alliance (TVNPA) and Three Valleys Community Foundation. All three organizations are members of Candid’s nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, thanks to an agreement signed by the Chabot-Las Positas College Board of Trustees in August 2021.

Branded under the name, The Philanthropy Institute, this triad partnership will provide students, nonprofits and community members with free public access to Candid’s electronic databases, The Foundation Directory Online and Foundation Grants to Individuals Online.

Foundation Directory Online

For serious grant seekers and fundraising professionals seeking to strengthen their nonprofit organization, possibly the most important of Candid’s resources is the Foundation Directory Online (FDO), which delivers quality funding prospects. By combining exhaustive data with intuitive search functionality and informative data visualizations, FDO delivers information nonprofits need to reach fundraising goals quickly and efficiently. Included are profiles of more than 166,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities, as well as profiles of more than 800,000 grant recipients and information on more than 16.8 million awarded grants. These fully searchable databases include detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations and grantmaking public charities, as well as an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation’s top funders.  Students and community members are welcome to use the databases in person at the Las Positas College Learning Resource Center (LRC).  Local nonprofits headquartered in or serving the Tri-Valley region area may also register for online, remote access to the directory.  

Free Training & Classes

Beginning in December 2021, Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance and Three Valleys Community Foundation will provide virtual learning to local nonprofit organizations on a monthly basis.   Each class will be offered on the first Wednesday of each month, from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., via Zoom – completely free of charge.

The free classes incorporate best practices in nonprofit fundamentals, including searching for grants, budgeting and proposal writing.  Special focus and insights on local opportunities will be provided by Kathy Young of TVNPA and Susan Houghton of 3VCF. 

To learn more about these classes and to sign up, please visit the TVNPA website.  Class size is limited in order to ensure a valuable experience.

Upcoming Classes

  • Wednesday December 1, 2021
    Is Starting a Nonprofit right for you?
    11:30 a.m. – Taught by Kathy Young, TVNPA
  • Wednesday January 5, 2022
    Intro to Finding Grants
    11:30  a.m. – Taught by Susan Houghton, 3VCF
  • Wednesday February 2, 2022
    Introduction to the Foundation Directory Online
    11:30 a.m. – Taught by Kathy Young, TVNPA
  • Wednesday March 2, 2022
    Introduction to Proposal Writing
    11:30 a.m. – Taught by Susan Houghton, 3VCF
  • Wednesday April 6, 2022
    Introduction to Project Budgets
    11:30 a.m. – Taught by Kathy Young, TVNPA
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022
    Introduction to Corporate Giving
    11:30 a.m. – Taught by Susan Houghton, 3VCF

Interested in learning more?

Contact us at info@3vcf.org