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Supporting Innovative Collaboration: Stafford County, VA Recognized for its Regional Partner Agency Funding Process

October 3, 2016

Each year the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) and National Association of Counties (NACo) recognizes innovative programs.

This year, Stafford County was recognized as a 2016 Achievement Award recipient by both entities for initiating a collaborative funding model with four (4) other local municipalities: Spotsylvania County, King George County, Caroline Counties and the City of Fredericksburg.

“Within the Fredericksburg region, there are various intergovernmental, not-for-profit, and faith-based organizations that provide much needed supportive services to our citizens.” states Donna Krauss, Stafford County Human Services Director, “They often fill a service gap to some of our neediest citizens. As a region, our local governments provide financial support to these agencies. It is our vision that together we can make sound, fiscally responsible, and impactful decisions for our communities.”

The regional partners started by developing a common application form shared across all five municipalities to create uniformity in the information being gathered by each locality. This uniformity was intended to streamline the process for applicants, support a collective shift to funding specific programs aligned with identified community needs, and enhance regional cooperation to build and sustain a responsive human services system.

The regional partners then turned their attention to finding an online system capable of supporting the regional partnership’s current and future needs. In March 2016, the partners selected e-CImpact to serve as their regional grant and performance management system based on its flexibility, scalability and robust data collection and analysis.

“We’re honored to support the regional partners’ efforts to establish a uniform, data-driven funding process” states Patti Brooks, Seabrooks President and Founder, “The system was designed to ensure resources are strategically invested in programs and services that make the most impact – whether it’s a single public or private funder or a regional partnership of funders working collaboratively.”

Seabrooks congratulates Stafford County and its regional partners for being recognized at a state and national level for their innovative work. Great job!

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