Tuesday September 8, 2009 | Nonprofits: Hope in Chaotic Times

September 4, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 3 Comments

We have been tracking the challenges to nonprofit organizations in a struggling economy as part of our Mission Possible series. On Wednesday in Concord, a large conference kicks off to explore how nonprofits all across the state are faring in chaotic times and what they can do to survive and thrive in the future. We’re joined by experts from the conference to talk about the future of the nonprofit world.
Trisha Lester – Vice President, NC Center for Nonprofits
Tim Delaney – President and CEO, National Council of Nonprofits
Erin Byrd – Civic Engagement Coordinator, Blueprint NC

Charlotte Mission Possible is a joint effort by local media outlets to help Charlotte residents understand the needs of the community and then find ways to help meet those needs. Learn more here.

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  1. I have some ideas on this — need a guest? — First we need to “cure Apathy” — NPs need to get out of their own way — some need to change everything, others “should” – too many causes are mired i the status quo – same event different tshirt –I’d love to share some ideas about how NPs can “Make their (volunteers & donors) story part of your cause”

  2. Dear Friends:
    Even though the conversation this morning was heavily laden in the monetary contributions to non-profits, I need to add another demension that I know is just as important. We are talking about stewardship and the giving of our gifts, no matter if they are monetary or otherwise.
    I think one of the most valuable things that I know I vaule and have none to spare is my time. The giving of my time in service and volunteerism is probably as important as the monetary gifts that are needed by non-profits. If a volunteer can take some of the excessive workload off of a paid employee by volunteering time, that employee can do what they are being paid to do, not “housekeeping” type chores, as it were.
    My husband and I are also giving contributions to, specifically the Humane Society of Catawba County instead of giving graduation presents, memorials, get well wishes of flowers and even Christmas and birthday gifts, especially to our nieces and nephew that are innendated with “stuff.”
    Word of mouth is also a way of giving. Tell friends and neighbors about what the non-profit is doing for the community. Few folks in Hickory know about the summer day camps and birthday partys that are at the Humane Society until I talk it up with parents and friends. Support the non-profit through action.
    Also, the matched gift by many employers is missed by the original contributor. I’m sure the recent fund drive for WFAE would agree. Find out if your employer will match your monetary gift and double the giving.
    The Lord has given us many ways to give to others, and it is not always from the wallet.
    cds =^..^=

  3. I thought Mike said that part of the Conference on Thursday was to be open to the public. I could’t find that information on their site http://www.ncnonprofits.org/conference/sessions.asp – is any of the Conference open?

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