Supporting Dayton’s Nonprofit Organizations

"I am so excited because Dayton SCORE is helping my nonprofit grow in a way I could never imagine."  Jana Gruber, Founder, Books to the Rescue

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in the Dayton region benefit yearly from training and free mentoring services provided by Dayton SCORE. Supporting small for-profit businesses is what SCORE is best known for, but now many nonprofit organizations in the Dayton area are benefiting from SCORE support. Today, you and your nonprofit can join the over 2,400 who have participated in a series of 6 carefully crafted workshops focusing on making your organization better.

Conducted twice each year by local experts and volunteers, these training sessions include topics on strategic planning, financial management, board development, fundraising, volunteer management and marketing. Participants have come from more than 400 local 501(c)(3) organizations in 13 counties in Southwestern Ohio. SCORE provides training and mentoring at no cost to organizations through volunteers who typically have over 25 years of business experience as executives and managers.

What’s Unique About Working With SCORE?

  • We listen to be sure we understand your needs
  • We partner with you on an ongoing basis to achieve success
  • We start where you are and help you understand: 
    • What your most critical needs are, 
    • What you need to learn or do to be successful, and 
    • Measure how you are progressing toward your objectives.

You’ll have the opportunity to choose how you want to grow your nonprofit business using our assessment tools, training,  and one-on-one mentoring.

Nonprofit Organization Assessment

The organizational assessment is a data gathering and diagnostic process in which the leadership of the nonprofit organization, with guidance from a SCORE mentor, evaluates key functions, programs, structure, staffing, systems, leadership, and culture. It focuses the leadership on the specific areas identified as most important for achieving organization goals. The result of the assessment is a snap-shot of the organization’s current situation, strengths and opportunities for improvement. The organizational assessment is the first step in a broader change process which is typically followed by a strategic planning process and staff training and development.

Download the Nonprofit Assessment Tool

Training & Workshops

Dayton SCORE nonprofit workshops are unique because they address your challenges as a grassroots organization with a smaller staff and limited capacity. Workshops are designed to encourage attendees to share their successes and challenges. Presenters are local area experts in the subject areas specific to nonprofit organizations. As an attendee you have the opportunity to network and ask questions after each workshop.

Clients Say: “Valuable overview in how to connect with donors, sponsors and clients in online communities .” - Leslie Marsh, Hannah’s Treasure Chest on The Social Media Marketing Workshop

View the Spring 2022 Nonprofit Workshops


Mentoring, sometimes called business coaching, is a very individualized process that is useful in helping leaders within an organization. Mentoring is designed to help you:

  • See your organization and its performance objectively,
  • Identify alternative strategies to advance the organization, and
  • Progress toward achievement of organization goals.

Mentoring can be done on either an individual or group basis, and is free, but requires time, energy, and sometimes investment, to achieve the desired goals. Those who have received mentoring have found it invaluable and a process that produces solid results..

“This program has been a win-win for our volunteers and clients. Our volunteers gain fulfillment by using their skills and experience to have a positive impact on the Dayton community, while the clients expand their ability to improve the quality of life throughout the Miami Valley.” - Arnold Sandness, SCORE volunteer and NP initiative co-founder.

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History of the Program

In early 2012 Dayton SCORE was approached by The Dayton Foundation to develop a training and development program to help local small nonprofit organizations improve their performance. The challenge was accepted and a NonProfit Committee of Dayton SCORE mentors was formed. After months of hard work, an initiative was introduced to the nonprofit community consisting of: an organizational assessment process; a series of workshops targeted to small nonprofits; and mentoring by Dayton SCORE’s NonProfit Committee members.

In the Fall of 2012, with funding provided by The Dayton Foundation, five workshops were conducted, and have been repeated each Spring and Fall since then. A sixth workshop on Volunteer Management was initiated in 2016 with huge success.  The Dayton Foundation, Levin Family Foundation, Wright Patt Credit Union, Dayton Rotary Foundation and other local organizations provide financial support to allow the program to be available at no cost to the attendees.

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Dayton SCORE NonProfit Initiative

On an ongoing basis, Dayton SCORE conducts an initiative whose purpose is to help local, smaller non-profit organizations improve their performance and build their capacity to... Read more

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