Mountain Stewardship Alliance assists nonprofits

By Remy Adams

DILLSBORO, N.C. – Since spring 2004, nonprofits in the seven western-most counties of North Carolina have access to training and consultation traditionally more readily available in more urbanized regions of the state.

That assistance is available thanks to the Mountain Stewardship Alliance, formed to provide assistance to nonprofits in the region.

Workshops are held throughout the region, often in partnership with local colleges.

Held monthly, the sessions cover a range of subjects, and cost from $15 to $40 and consist of 25 or fewer people.

Workshops focus mainly on increasing organizational stability, says Vance Davidson, development director for the Region A Partnership for Children, and a board member of the alliance who has attended and taught workshops.

Topics include fundraising, cultural competency and entrepreneurial thinking.

“Our goal is to teach sustainability so that organizations can stay around,” Davidson says

Marsha Crites, board president, says the Alliance helps fill a gap in serving the need of nonprofits in the region for technical assistance.

“We really focus on teaching nonprofits to work as entrepreneurs,” she says.

Other services range from assisting with legal issues to special-events planning, and are customized for the organization that requesting assistance.

Questions from nonprofits for which the alliance may not have answers, for example, are directed to MindShare WCU, a partnership with Western Carolina University that directs the questions to qualified faculty or student groups.

For information, call 828-586-8745 or send email to stewarship@brmemec.net.

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