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Q&A with Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, CEO of Eagle Market Streets Development Corp.
The Block, an area that spans Eagle and South Market streets in downtown Asheville, was once home to a vibrant residential and commercial district for Black residents. But between the 1950s and 1980s, Asheville’s urban renewal policies that sought to address allegedly “blighted” areas of the city by removing homes and businesses to make way […]
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Local nonprofit promotes Western North Carolina to the world, 1923-25
In 1923, business leaders in Asheville and surrounding counties were eager to promote the region to a larger audience of tourists and businesses alike. To achieve this goal, the group formed the nonprofit Western North Carolina Inc. The community was slow to buy in to the group’s mission until the organization brought in a well-known window as its vice president.
Brother Wolf seeks to bridge $1 million funding gap
Facing years of financial instability, Brother Wolf announces funding gap and a new effort to rectify administrative policies that led to the current adversity.
MANNA FoodBank hosts annual Blue Jean Ball despite flooding
Every year, MANNA FoodBank hosts a feast to fight famine with its annual Blue Jean Ball. Since 1983, the nonprofit has worked to involve, educate and unite people in the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina, and for nearly 20 years, this signature event has raised money to support those efforts. This year’s 19th Blue […]
Letter: Mission Health patients will pick up the tab
“So, in the end, in addition to soaring medical costs, patients would pick up the tab for repairing potholes, street repaving and whatever else the city councils and county commissions think we just can’t do without.”
Asheville nonprofits assist women with cancer
Several Asheville nonprofits assist women with breast and gynecological cancer by helping to pay for treatment-related expenses as well as transportation, rent and utility bills.
Conscious party: Spellbound hosts author Marcus Sedgwick
Spellbound Children’s Bookshop owner Leslie Hawkins says she’s always wanted to host a “dinner with the author” event, and that goal will be realized on Tuesday, April 25, when her shop hosts Marcus Sedgwick at Twisted Laurel. Event proceeds will go to The Literacy Council of Buncombe County.
Nonprofits scramble to adjust to new overtime requirement
A new federal regulation requiring employers to pay workers earning less than $47,476 per year time and a half for overtime could have an outsize impact on the nonprofit sector. Traditionally, many nonprofits have relied on folks who were more interested in following their passion than in earning top dollar or keeping track of hours.
Medea’s Espresso & Juice Bar hosts community holiday celebration
On Saturday, Dec. 19, Medea’s Espresso & Juice Bar will celebrate the holidays and kick off the cafe’s new nonprofit venture — and the community is invited.
Conscious party: Green Friday’s al fresco alternative to holiday shopping
“There are many people looking for things to do that day for whom Black Friday is completely out of the question,” says RiverLink’s Dave Russell. “For them, fresh air, exhilaration and supporting causes such as RiverLink are a win-win-win.”
Smart bets: Montford Park Players’ Masquerade Ball
Arrive at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, for an early peek at auction items, or stroll into the Masonic Temple at 7 p.m., for the event’s official kickoff.
Nonprofits seek creative funding in Buncombe County
On April 14, representatives from 43 nonprofits requested funding from Buncombe County, as part of the county’s community development grant program. But these organizations make up only 9.6 percent of the total nonprofits in the county. Others rely on privately funded grants and donations, as well as individual donations — both small and large. Each organization must constantly work to grab and hold the public’s attention. And in a city like Asheville, it seems there’s never a shortage of worthy causes.
Local nonprofits face uncertain future
In the bumpy post-recession landscape, these service-oriented organizations face significant challenges. Xpress asked several local nonprofit consultants to comment on what those challenges are and how they can be overcome.
Nonprofits present budget requests, fire chiefs discuss issues with Buncombe County Commissioners
On Tuesday, April 21, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners held two workshops: one to hear nonprofit funding requests and the other to facilitate discussion with the Buncombe County Fire Chiefs Association.
Africa Healing Exchange links Asheville with Rwanda
Over three years ago, Asheville resident Sara Stender began formulating her plans for the nonprofit Africa Healing Exchange. Her passion for Rwanda has attracted a diverse group of local medical and nonprofit professionals to AHE, in part because the nonprofit focuses on human resiliency instead of trauma.
Buncombe Commissioners to hear nonprofit, fire chief requests in budget workshop
The Buncombe County Commissioners will hold a nonprofit budget workshop tomorrow, Tuesday, April 21, at noon. The meeting, originally scheduled for Feb. 17, was postponed due to inclement weather. The fire chiefs’ budget requests will be held at 4:30 p.m.
ACA health insurance still available for some locals
While the sign-up deadline for health care under the Affordable Care Act passed March 31, some can still sign up, according to an attorney with one of the local nonprofits that has assisted WNC residents in doing so. People who dealt with technical difficulties or have a major life change can still get healthcare under the ACA. Also, due to North Carolina’s government refusing to expand Medicaid, many locals will not face a penalty for not having insurance.
Commissioners approve $50,000 for Mountain BizWorks microloans on party line vote
Buncombe Commissioners voted along party lines April 1 to give Mountain Bizworks $50,000 toward a new microloan program that will help small local businesses get needed capital. The local business nonprofit will leverage the county funds to receive an additional $300,000 from the federal Small Business Association Microloan Program.
Funding Free Media: Asheville FM looks to launch 103.3
Asheville Free Media has been providing a wide variety of original, community-oriented programming since 2009. Up to this point, the volunteer, grassroots station has been broadcasting exclusively online, but after the FCC granted it a Low-Power FM construction permit earlier this year, the nonprofit is looking to take the station to the airwaves.