PASSING THE BATON: When RiverLink founder Karen Cragnolin, right, stepped down from her leadership role after 30 years, the board of directors implemented their succession plan and have found a new executive director in Garrett Artz, left.  The pair met during the transition, and Cragnolin shared her depth of experience with the organization. Photo by Cindy Kunst

Facing the future: What happens when a nonprofit leader steps down?

Thirty years is a long time to devote to any pursuit, and Karen Cragnolin, the oft-honored founding mother of RiverLink, can attest to that. During that time, she says she held every job in the organization and was planning to finally move on this year when, during surgery, she suffered an aneurysm that robbed her […]

Nonprofits face their own sustainabi­lity issues

In fulfilling their mission┬áto help make Western North Carolina’s communities more sustainable, our nonprofits rely on grants, fees and donations to continue fulfilling their charitable missions. A sustainable cycle of giving and receiving lies at the core of their survival. Nonprofits are deeply woven into the fabric of WNC. They provide direct services, such as […]