“Barbara brings tremendous passion and joy to her work, wonderful qualities in a leader. What she needed and what I could give her was an understanding of what it takes to be an executive director. When she started she thought she could hire people to do what she couldn’t. I think I was most helpful in convincing her that it wasn’t enough to hire someone to do the books or raise funds. She had to know how to read a financial sheet and understand what’s involved in fundraising to determine whether her employees were doing a good job.” Ruth Slaughter, Springboard Mentor
The Durfee Foundation believes that good ideas filter up, and that change depends on making room for newcomers – those who bring fresh ideas and new approaches to problem-solving. The Foundation’s Springboard Fund supports dynamic leaders of new social-benefit ventures in Los Angeles who apply innovative strategies to complex community challenges. The best candidates for the Fund will be those who build communities in unexpected ways, by bringing together groups from different sectors with overlapping interests.
The Fund offers two-year grants of up to $70,000, typically $35,000 each year. Springboard Fund grants are unrestricted, and can be used for general operating support, salaries, technical assistance, equipment purchase or whatever else the organization deems necessary for its development.
The Foundation also believes that the development of good ideas is cyclical, and that those who have built robust institutions from concept to program have much to share with those whose organizations are at an early stage. For this reason, the Springboard Fund will pair each grant recipient with a seasoned nonprofit professional who will provide advice and assistance throughout the two-year grant period.