Strengthen Your Nonprofit: Partner With Public Allies
Make your nonprofit stronger. Tap into the skills and talent of diverse, homegrown community leaders. And accomplish this through an acclaimed apprentice-partnership model. Public Allies is the premier pipeline for developing diverse and talented nonprofit and community leaders. Our AmeriCorps program is cost-effective, strengthens nonprofits, and connects your organization to a network of like-minded organizations.
Since Public Allies’ founding in 1992, thousands of community organizations large and small have hosted AmeriCorps Allies/apprentices.
- 90% report their organizations are better positioned to carry out their missions as a result of Allies' capacity building
- 92% of our nonprofit partners say Allies met or exceeded their objectives as an apprentice
- 92% say their organization received a substantial return on investment from partnering with Public Allies
“Public Allies does an exceptional job finding and developing talented and mission-driven individuals. I think the Public Allies experience is invaluable to the participants, and the product equally exceptional for organizations. This was my first experience with Public Allies. It was by far the best partnership model and most comprehensive support for a program participant.”
–Bruce Bunce, West Contra Costa Public Education Fund (Silicon Valley/San Francisco)
AmeriCorps Allies, and What We Do
Public Allies is committed to recruiting and selecting young people who are often overlooked for opportunities to lead and grow. When placed at your organizations, an AmeriCorps Ally can build the capacity of your organization. Here are just a few examples:
- Launch a new after-school program in public housing developments
- Improve case management systems to provide better services for clients and community
- Help women of color start their own businesses
- Expand teen leadership programs to reach more youth
- Create asthma outreach programs for public school children
- Lead other critical community projects
"Our Ally was from the community we serve and mirrored our patient population. This was beneficial from an outreach perspective because she was able to lend her personal life experiences to the position and identify more appropriate outreach opportunities."
–Sarah Andritsch, Progressive Community Health Centers (Milwaukee)
"Our Ally reflected a similar background (Latino, low-income) to our student population, and thus was an influential and impactful role model for our kids who face struggles every day in their lives."
–Sarah Woodward, Mural Music and Arts Program, (Silicon Valley/San Francisco)
How It Works
Through our signature AmeriCorps program we identify talented young adults from diverse and under-represented backgrounds who have a passion to make a difference, and help them turn that passion into a viable career path in community and public service. More than 67% are people of color, 60% are women, 50% are college graduates, 15% are LGBT, and 100% care about making a positive difference.
These young leaders serve in full-time paid positions at local nonprofit organizations where they create, improve, and expand services with measurable results. They also participate in rigorous leadership development program each week that helps them improve their work, leadership, and impact. Public Allies subsidizes the stipend as benefits for the members.
As a Partner Organization, you can:
- Expand your organization's ability to deliver direct services more effectively
- Recruit from a selection of talented and diverse local candidates
- Network with other values-driven organizations like your own
- Launch a young leader's career with the support of our signature training and coaching program
- Provide apprenticeship for an Ally that will receive health care, child care, and a post-service education award of $5,500 from AmeriCorps. (Public Allies provides 25-30% of Ally stipend, partner organization provides balance)
As a Partner Organization, you commit to:
- Provide invaluable experience to diverse, homegrown leaders in your community
- Create a well-defined position with significant responsibilities and measurable service objectives over 10 months
- Commit to contributing a portion (approximately 70-75%) of the Ally's stipend
- Provide direct Ally supervision, support, and reporting on service objectives
- Maintain a positive and supportive work environment
"I had the opportunity to supervise an additional AmeriCorps member this year and by far, Public Allies leads the sector in recruitment, placement, and training of Allies."
–Karla Robles, Be a Leader Foundation (Arizona)
"I think being involved with Public Allies helps us as an organization to think more about our ways of doing business and how they could be improved."
–Daniel Ritchey, New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children (New Mexico)
"We partner with Public Allies because of its focus on leadership, collaboration, continuous learning, inclusion, integrity, and its focus on community assets."
–Maria Buchanan, Family Bridges (Chicago)
Public Allies believes that communities are stronger when they are full of values-led and results-driven leaders. One way we work with partners is to manage the AmeriCorps leadership program. But it’s not just that. We offer trainings, networking, collaboration, and opportunities to partner on special events that build community.
"Being part of the Public Allies program was very beneficial for our organization because we learned from the training our AmeriCorps Ally took part in and we connected with other organizations."
–Stacy Robinson, Peace Learning Center (Indianapolis)
"Public Allies is very centered on community development. Just sitting in on a training or seminar shapes my outlook on how I approach my job on a daily basis."
–Gina Horner, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio (Cincinnati)