Bridgeshop Focuses on Capacity Building

Fifty non-profits throughout Western North Carolina now have the resources necessary to focus
on capacity building, the backbone of effective non-profit programs, thanks to grant funding provided by WNC Bridge Foundation’s 2022 IMPACT Grant initiative. These organizations will receive grant funding for three years to build internal effectiveness, have general operating support, and strengthen organizational knowledge. This trust-based philanthropy practice
bolsters leadership, abilities, and overall organizational health.

IMPACT Capacity Building recipients were also invited by WNC Bridge Foundation to attend Bridgeshop in the fall, led by WNC Nonprofit Pathways. During this free, highly interactive Bridgeshop, attendees learned about the life cycle of non-profit organizations, determined where
their organization is in this cycle, shared with and learned from consultants and other non-profits, and left with the beginning of an action plan for strengthening their organization. Attendees
were also given the opportunity to participate in additional office hours with a WNC Nonprofit
Pathways consultant.

Five Point Center Incorporated, located in Robbinsville, NC, received an IMPACT Capacity
Grant to help bolster the organization by relieving the strain on its staff and volunteers. Five Point’s Director, Reverend Michelle Shiplet, attended the Bridgeshop and noted the excellent guidance provided by WNC Nonprofit Pathways. “The session provided tools for our organization to build a firm foundation and strategies to strengthen our existing abilities.”

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“It was great to engage with other nonprofits to learn and connect. Thoughtful presentation, interactive, and engaging.” ~ Katrina McGuire, Executive Director Blue Ridge Literacy Council