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Lake Superior Initiative

The Lake Superior Initiative was a 3-year, $2.25 million federally funded program designed to empower community-based organizations by helping them manage their programs effectively, train staff, expand programs and work towards their mission in providing services to those in need. The Initiative, a joint project of the Duluth Area Family YMCA and United Way of Greater Duluth,oversaw two federal grants that provided services and financial awards to help community organizations build on their strengths.

What is Capacity-Building?

Capacity building is the development of an organization’s core skills and capabilities, such as leadership, management, finance and fundraising, programs and evaluation, in order to build the organization’s effectiveness and sustainability. It is the process of assisting an organization to identify and address issues and gain the insights, knowledge and experience needed to solve problems and implement change.

Supporting Partners:

The Lake Superior Initiative partners included the Twin Ports Area Non-Profit Coalition and Northwoods Nonprofits (UW-Superior), experienced providers of capacity-building training.

Other partner organizations included:

  • Arrowhead Interfaith Council
  • Duluth Public Schools
  • University of Minnesota Duluth - Office of Civic Engagement
  • United Way of Greater Duluth Volunteer Center [formerly True North Volunteer Center]

Funding provided by the Compassion Capital Fund,administered through the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.


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