Tuesday, December 27, 2016; Silver City, NM: Nonprofits are navigating a time of immense need from the communities they serve, while pursing ways to build long-term viability in the toughest of economic times, according to the Nonprofit Finance Fund’s most recent State of the Nonprofit Sector Report.
The analysis says for rural nonprofits the task is more daunting as they report a 76 percent increase in demand for their services while facing funding gaps due to the extended economic recession. At the helm of these rural organizations, navigating between financial needs and community demands, are the boards of directors who are usually volunteers donating their time to the greater good.
National Center for Frontier Community (NCFC) Associate Director, Susan Wilger says, “Nonprofits are critical to the health and well-being of New Mexicans. We are so grateful to the nonprofit Boards and Executive Directors who carry out the missions of nonprofits.”
Headquartered in Silver City, NCFC is a research and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and quality of life in frontier America. To aid frontier and rural nonprofits in their endeavors, NCFC sponsors the Nonprofit Resource Group which offers a cadre of services for nonprofits to stay healthy and robust, including a yearly calendar of trainings, free weekly curbside consultations and consultation services for organizations.
The first NRG workshop of the new year is tailored specifically frontier and rural nonprofit board members, “Beyond the Boardroom: What Boards Should Know and Do to Create a Thriving Nonprofit Organization.” The four-hour workshop is scheduled for Thursday, January 12, 2017, and costs $25 per participant. Registration is required.
Wilger will facilitate the workshop with organizational development consultant Renée Despres, PhD, MPH. Together the two have 50 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector administering and advising organizations to reach optimum effectiveness.
Despres says, “Strong organizations need strong boards, and that takes knowledge, work, and dedication. A strong board is the ‘wind beneath the wings’ of the executive director and the entire organization.”
Wilger adds, “Nonprofit board work is not easy. The workshop will give board members and directors tools, resources and information that allows them to realize their missions more easily and to have meaningful and sustaining impact on those they serve.”
For a full schedule of the NRG training calendar for 2017 and a listing of their services visit their website at www.NResourceGroup.org.
Registration is required for all NRG trainings. For more information, call NRG at (575) 597-0035 or email NRG@swchi.org.