Strong Field Project

The Strong Field Project is a four-year effort, started in 2010, aimed at building a strong, coordinated network of domestic violence (DV) service providers in California. The Project develops individual leadership skills, stronger organizations, and expanded networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities that strengthen the entire field.

Blue Shield of California Foundation is committing more than $7 million to support the work of the Strong Field Project components described below.

Strong Leadership

Both veteran and emerging DV leaders need opportunities to refresh and develop necessary skills. Over four years, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is offering a customized program for leaders from domestic violence organizations. The program is producing a critical mass of individuals equipped to inspire others, make smart business decisions, and consider new ways of service delivery. Two cohorts of leaders will participate in 18-month cycles that include individual and peer coaching, intensive seminars and curriculum, policy education, networking, and alumni gatherings.

Strong Organizations

Economic conditions are compelling DV organizations to think differently about their structures, partnerships, and funding. Over four years, the Women’s Foundation of California is awarding up to 30 grants to organizations poised to strengthen their capacity – or the field’s capacity – such as through collaboration, innovative organizational structures, improved fundraising, strategic communications, or financial planning.

Strong Networks

Jemmott Rollins Group (JRG) and the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV) are helping to strengthen the networks that connect California’s 100-plus domestic violence organizations through state and regional institutes, peer networking, and assuring quality technical assistance for the Strong Field Project.

Read the brochure, Stronger Together, for the story behind the Strong Field Project.  For more information about Strong Field Project grantmaking, leadership, and field-building, visit

For information about other Blue Shield of California Foundation funding opportunities, visit our What We Fund page.

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