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Prince George’s SOAR

Ready! Set! SOAR!

Nonprofits in Prince George’s County are encouraged to participate in Prince George’s SOAR, an expansion of the Ready for Work Nonprofit Capacity Building Program.

Prince George’s SOAR is a free, virtual workshop series on organizational development and capacity building. Areas covered include: Board Development, Financial Management, Fundraising, Human Resources, Leadership Development, Outreach & Communications, Planning & Strategy, and Program Evaluation. Participating organizations will also have access to monthly office hours with Fair Chance Capacity Building Specialists for advice and support and a Microsoft Teams channel with additional resources. Up to three individuals per nonprofit can participate.

Prince George’s SOAR is an initiative of the Prince George’s County Council, in partnership with Venture Philanthropy Partners and Fair Chance.

Registration Process

Complete your organizational profile: Register for the Prince George’s SOAR by completing an organizational profile for your nonprofit.

  • The organizational profile only needs to be completed when you initially register. The profile asks for basic information about your budget, mission, board leadership, and staff. This information helps us to tailor our supports and see how your capacity is built by this program.
  • After creating your organizational profile, you will be directed to register for the workshops of interest.

Already Registered? Sign up for future workshops here.

Upcoming Workshops

All workshops will run from 10 AM – 1 PM on Zoom.

November 10 & 17, 2021 | Program Evaluation

Logically Speaking: Supporting Effective Programming through Logic Model Development

  • By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to describe what a logic model is and how it can be useful to daily program operations; be able to identify the key components of a logic model, including outputs and outcomes; and be able to define and sequence short-, intermediate, and long-term outcomes. Participants will also examine the differences between outputs and outcomes, and understand customer/participant satisfaction and how it differs from outputs or outcomes.
  • Presenter: Arthurine Walker

January 12 & 19, 2022 | Grant Writing

Getting To Yes: The Art & Science Of Effective Grant Writing

  • By the end of this workshop, participants will learn key grant writing terms, how to search for grant opportunities, and how to assess alignment of grant opportunities and their organization’s mission, needs and timing. Participants will also be able to identify the key components of grant proposals and effective ways to address these components when writing a proposal, and they will learn tips and tools for submitting, monitoring and reporting progress of grants.
  • Presenter: Arthurine Walker

February 9 & 16, 2022 | Human Resources

Getting Your House In Order: Human Resource Management—The Building Blocks Of A Productive Work Environment

  • By the end of this workshop, participants will develop familiarity with key human resource management terms and definitions. Additionally, participants will be able to identify and implement best practices in human resources management related to workforce planning, recruiting talent, on-boarding, performance management, and off-boarding.
  • Presenter: Andrew Kirkland

April 6 & 13, 2022 | Board Development

Taking the Bored out of Nonprofit Boards

  • By the end of this workshop, participants will learn key board development terms, be able to describe the key governance duties and responsibilities of board members, and understand the three types of recommended governance practices (leading, essential, and compliance) and why they are important. Participants will also have the opportunity to identify governance practices to prioritize implementing over the next year for their own organizations.
  • Presenter: Arthurine Walker

May 11 & 18, 2022 | Outreach & Communications

Telling Your Story: Developing Key Messages & Being An Effective Spokesperson

  • By the end of this workshop, participants will learn key terms and definitions related to communications and storytelling, best practices for developing key messages, and best practices in being a spokesperson for their organizations. Participants will understand how to use the logic model, mission and vision, milestones and achievements of their organization in crafting key messages; and how to identify target audiences and customize messages for various audiences.
  • Presenter: Arthurine Walker

July 13 & 20, 2022 | Fundraising

Fundraising Workshop

  • Presenter: Arthurine Walker

August 10 & 17, 2022 | Planning & Strategy

Turning Visions And Goals Into Reality

  • By the end of this workshop, participants will learn key terms and definitions related to planning and strategy and understand the difference between a strategic plan and planning strategically. Participants will be able to incorporate best practices and effective tools for planning strategically within areas such as program planning, communications, advocacy and partnership development and be able to identify and incorporate organizational leverage points into decision making.
  • Presenter: Andrew Kirkland


  • Up to ten organizations will be able to attend each workshop and bring up to three staff members, board members or volunteers.
  • We ask that participating nonprofits commit to attending the entire workshop for the topics for which they register.

Questions? Contact Bemene Piaro, Program Associate, at