Increasing the capacity of the Empowerment Center in Dorchester County, MD by funding the first-ever Executive Director position to grow the organization
- Providing multi-year grant to fund the Empowerment Center’s first paid staff position
- Hired a non-profit consulting firm to focus on board development, strategic visioning, the hiring process, and onboarding to help “future proof” the organization
- Fully engaged in the project by participating on the hiring committee and participating in all board functions for the term of the grant
- Assisting with the development and measurement of both process metrics and performance indicators to ensure positive outcomes in terms of revenue growth and program evolution
- Will transition the position funding to the Empowerment Center in Year 4 to ensure sustainability
Measures of Performance
- Goal: To increase the capacity of the Empowerment Center in Dorchester County, MD by funding the first-ever Executive Director position.
- Intent: We expect to see the following:
- Financial growth: The position is expected to be self-sustaining in 3 years; and additional revenue should be generated in order to increase the number of students at the center for both after-school and summer programs.
- Improved governance: The position is expected to improve board governance and participation; and to develop organizational processes to ensure a more efficient organization.
- Strategic growth: With increased resources and improved organization, we expect the Empowerment Center to scale in size and programmatic activities over time.
- The new Executive Director was hired in April 2021.
- In the first few months, the Empowerment Center has already doubled organizational revenue ($98K vs previous budget of $40K).
- There has been an initial noted drop in the number of students during the after-school program in early 2021. This occurred at the point when students were transitioning from the Empowerment Center’s all day Learning Labs back to in-person school. We believe this number will begin to rise again in the fall of 2021. We used a pre-COVID 2019 baseline number of approx. 30 students on a given day and, in the winter of 2021, the center enrollment was around 15.
- There has also been a drop in the number of students enrolled in the 2021 summer camp. This appears to be a common trend in the MD/VA region. We believe many parents are either still concerned with COVID-19 variants and/or are staying home this summer either by choice or from dropping out of the work force. We do expect this number to rise again in the summer of 2022. We used a pre-COVID 2019 baseline number of approx. 40 students and, for the summer of 2021, the enrollment was at 25.