April 18, 2018, marks my second anniversary on the job here at the Idaho Nonprofit Center and I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone by! Time flies when you are having fun, as they say! I am having fun but I take my responsibility to support our Idaho nonprofits very seriously. Part of that is to be sure we are always listening to you, our nonprofits and businesses, and working to deliver the programs and services you need.
That might mean an A for effort but a B for content and delivery sometimes. We understand and that is why we ask you every year for your feedback and input. Based on your feedback each year we have made changes, some big and some small, to the programs and services we offer to you. This year will be no different and I’m excited to share with you three very important things.
“My dream is that we will be able to grow our endowment to the point that it will support the financial needs of the organization and we can spend less time on fundraising and more time facilitating the healing process that these little guys so desperately need and deserve,” CEO Mark Wilson.
CEO Mark Wilson and the entire staff at the Children’s Village care so deeply about their mission and it is evident in everything their organization does. The Children’s Village is a nonprofit dedicated to providing a “safe haven from abuse, neglect or severe family crisis.”
“Idaho Gives is important to the Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen for several reasons”, says past organizer, Kaaren Parsons. “Obviously the financial benefit is huge, but it’s more than that. Idaho Gives provides awareness about the soup kitchen, and people who may not even realize Idaho Falls had a soup kitchen were able to learn about our organization.”
The Music Conservatory of Sandpoint is a nonprofit music and performing arts school. It currently serves over 250 students of all ages and abilities from high achieving students in their honors program to leisure students. This will be their third year participating in Idaho Gives.
The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights is a local nonprofit that promotes respect for human dignity and diversity by providing educational programs for teachers and students, engaging in community leadership and supporting the advocacy for human rights. The organization has participated in Idaho Gives for the last couple of years. Dan Prinzing, Executive Director said that “as a small nonprofit with a specific mission, it helps us to be seen in a broader sense with the rest of the nonprofits.”
Selkirk Outdoor Leadership & Education (SOLE), Inc. is a nonprofit dedicated to designing and facilitating intentional, experiential, and outdoor education programming for kids K - 12. SOLE was the highest earning nonprofit in Bonner County for Idaho Gives 2017, raising $2,260. With those funds, SOLE was able to immerse ninety Idaho youth in a full-day transformational outdoor education program. We caught up with Dennison Webb, Founder and Executive Director of SOLE, to talk about their Idaho Gives experience.
Hands of Hope is a nonprofit dedicated to the redistribution of donated medical equipment and supplies to individuals and partnering organizations, domestically and internationally. Hands of Hope has been participating in Idaho Gives since its inception.
“People come year after year and look forward to the day. Making it an annual event causes people to expect the request for donations and plan for it,” says Executive Director, Debbie Wheeler.
“We had a BBQ at our facility to attract people and then gave them tours. There was no cost for the lunch, but donations were accepted. It was well attended and we reached our goal to send a shipment of supplies to Moldova.”
Welcome to our final Legislative Watch for the 2018 Idaho Legislative Session! Although the session has ended, we will continue to update you if any legislation comes up impacting nonprofits and the sector.
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