2016 Members and Supporters Publications - Page 18

N O I N S VISION VIISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION VISION O To improve the quality of life in our region by supporting and strengthening the social service sector Vision We envision communities where the spirit of cooperation thrives, the social service sector is strong, and critical needs are met. Service AcademyGO works to strengthen social service organizations including nonprofits, schools, public agencies, associations, clubs, and ministries that serve the residents of San Bernardino County and surrounding areas. Of the more than 5,000 nonprofits serving the county, most are underfunded and unable to sufficiently meet identified needs. 2,000+ Network Academy for Grassroots Organizations (AcademyGO) is an independent nonprofit management support organization working to strengthen the social service sector in the Inland Empire. Strengthening our nonprofit sector is critical to ensuring quality of life for the region’s two million plus residents. In 2013 the US Census reported that the Inland Empire had the highest poverty rate among the nation’s 25 largest metropolitan areas, yet studies show the region is vastly underfunded by both foundation and government grants. Each year, AcademyGO works with hundreds of organizations and thousands of their leaders to help them learn new skills and best practices, develop resources, and collaborate in order to improve quality of life for the region’s diverse population. Programs include networking and collaboration opportunities, information and resources sharing, training, and technical assistance provided to organizations that address a wide variety of community needs. History Impact Consistently AcademyGO program participants report that we have helped them increase: • Access to quality training • Knowledge & skills • Collaboration • Funding & resources AcademyGO began in 2000 in the City of Barstow, California as a networking group aimed at helping a few dozen community groups share information and resources. Today, AcademyGO is a recognized nonprofit leader, trainer, and Leadership, convener with an extensive network Best Practices, of thousands Advancing of nonprofit Missions, professionals Changing and Lives volunteers throughout the Inland Empire region. The organization is a critical component of the region’s infrastructure, as well as the capacity-building ecosystem in Southern California. Stronger Nonprofits = Stronger Communities = Better Quality of Life “The Fundraising Academy helped our organization to grow i