Prince George’s S.O.A.R.

Ready! Set! S.O.A.R.!

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

Prince George’s S.O.A.R. 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 S.O.A.R. 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 S.O.A.R. 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 except the evening workshop are from 10 AM – 1 PM. The evening workshop is from 6 – 9 PM.

February 8 & 15, 2023 | Human Resources Workshop
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

March 9 & 16, 2023 | Grant Writing Workshop (Evening)

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

April 5 & 12, 2023 | Board Development Workshop
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: Andrew Kirkland

May 3 & 10, 2023 | Outreach & Communications Workshop
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

June 7, 2023 | Office hour with Arthurine Walker

July 12 & 19, 2023 | Fundraising Workshop
Resource Rich: Fundraising Strategy and Planning

Participants will examine their current fundraising strategy, where they want to be, and how to devise a plan to get there. By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand  how to align fundraising goals with program goals and budget
  • Learn the components of an effective fundraising plan
  • Identify key roles that board members can plan in fundraising and know how to engage them
  • Develop a case for support
  • Have an opportunity to share with each other strategies that are working within their own organizations
  • Presenter: Arthurine Walker

August 2 & 9, 2023 | Planning & Strategy Workshop
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.

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