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NSC Accepting Applications for Third Cohort of Capacity Building Scholarships

NSC Accepting Applications for Third Cohort of Capacity Building Scholarships

July 2021 (St. Louis) – Network for Strong Communities (NSC) has announced that applications are open for the third cohort of a scholarship program aimed at helping nonprofit organizations increase their capacity to do important community work. The program is funded by the Nina Needleman Charitable Fund. Applications may be found at and are due by July 15, 2021.


The year-long scholarship begins with an assessment of the grantee organization’s strengths and challenges, which is used as the basis for a customized capacity building plan. This plan can include access to NSC group training sessions, membership in monthly roundtable meetings, participation in learning labs, and a customized consultative schedule that includes up to 10 hours of targeted services such as board training, executive coaching, development assistance, and fiscal management.

“No matter their mission, nonprofits often face similar challenges for growth. This capacity building scholarship allows us to offer our expertise at no cost to the organizations and help them increase their capacity to do work that benefits the entire community,” said Diane Drollinger, executive director of NSC.

“I’ve seen the incredibly valuable work done by some of St. Louis’s smaller nonprofits and wanted to find a way to help them build capacity to take their work to the next level. With NSC, we’ll determine what success looks like for them and give them the support they need to get there,” said Nina Needleman, trustee of the Nina Needleman Charitable Fund.

About Network for Strong Communities (NSC)

Since 1996, NSC has supported the work of nonprofit professionals and charitable organizations throughout Missouri and Southern Illinois by providing training, leadership development, and consultative services. Their mission is to strengthen the impact of nonprofits by providing strategic, educational, and operational support services. NSC programs energize established and emerging leaders in nonprofit organizations through workshops, webinars, round tables, and leadership programs that address the emerging needs of the sector. Visit for more information.

Media contact: Sarah Scott / 314.918.1540 ext. 7613 /

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