In 2013, Wild Rivers Community Foundation launched its first “Brown Bag Lunch” gathering for nonprofits after hearing that many of them were not connected to each other nor in relationships with one another. The lunches continued for a couple years but lacked deep impact on the sector as a whole. However, the lunches did provide a strong foundation for nonprofits to move from being in trusted relationships with one another to actually working together to improve the health and well being of the entire nonprofit sector in Del Norte County.
Nonprofit leaders asked WRCF for support so they could better understand the current struggles and opportunities that Del Norte nonprofit organizations face. In the fall of 2016, Del Norte began a powerful journey toward change by listening deeply to the perspectives of local nonprofit executive directors, board chairs and community partners. The group found key insights that rang true for nonprofits across the sector and, together, they envisioned a brighter future for all nonprofits in Del Norte unified as the Del Norte Nonprofit Alliance.
With clear goals in mind to share resources and lift each other up, the Alliance applied for and received funding through BHC in 2017 to hire an official staff person to organize and lead the Alliance’s efforts from the WRCF office. The Alliance’s next step is to create a “cafe” style back office support program in which members of nonprofit organizations can pick and choose the services they need, such as finance, human resources and grant seeking.
Charlaine Mazzei, Del Norte Senior Center
Christine Slette, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Del Norte
Melodee Mitchell, Del Norte Child Care Council
Amira Long, Family Resource Center of the Redwoods
Joanna Ditommaso, Redwood Parks Conservancy
Gina Zottola, Director
Keri Mosey, Nonprofit Alliance Coordinator
Anna Lor, Administrative Assistant
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