In 2017, the Foundation began this program with a goal of helping organizations become more efficient, effective, and cooperative. Participants build trust with each other, sharing their wisdom and resources collaboratively.
Williams says that the nonprofits were able to work alongside each other in prioritizing their goals, discovering new obstacles, and talking through their journeys as Kerrville nonprofits.
Each nonprofit received a grant disbursed in two parts. “We recognize these leaders are devoting significant time to this work. We also understand that it takes resources to build out infrastructure and expand staff,” Williams said.
“In rural areas like Kerrville, they don’t always have access to the same volume of resources that larger urban nonprofits do.” The four nonprofits will finalize their plans and receive their second grant this summer.
The bulk of the Foundation’s capacity-building work takes place in San Antonio, but this 10-month pilot expansion of the program was its first run at supporting family- and children-focused nonprofits in Kerrville.
“[Community engagement] is one of our youngest programs and stretches us to be in deeper relationship with the community,” says President and CEO of the H. E. Butt Foundation David Rogers. “It has been rewarding to witness leaders step into this work with so much focus and enthusiasm. Given that Kerrville has been important to our family since 1905, we’ve enjoyed this chance to support local nonprofits whose work is aligned with ours.”
“I’ve been blown away with what these organizations have put together,” says Williams. “They put enough time and energy into developing their plans to compare with million-dollar organizations.”
Although there are no plans for another Kerrville cohort at this time, the Foundation will consider future work of this nature in coming years.