Small community organizations can be an important part of civic life, the N.C. Center for Nonprofits reports, but just a handful of schools, universities and hospitals actually account for the bulk of the money.

WNC nonprofit statistics­, by county

Data provided by N.C. Center for Nonprofits- includes quantity and revenue limited to organizations other than churches with annual gross revenues of $50,000 or greater, for fiscal year 2013. Employment data. Includes all employees at tax-exempt nonprofits of any type covered by the North Carolina Unemployment Insurance laws in 2013. Avery County (2013 pop.17,713) 43 […]

Nonprofits face their own sustainabi­lity issues

In fulfilling their mission to 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 […]

XMAS SPIRIT: Local nonprofit Madison Has Heart will sell off hundreds of collectible holiday decorations and figurines on Saturday, Dec. 5 during its Christmas sale. Proceeds go towards supporting the organization in its efforts to provide heating assistance for Madison County residents. Image courtesy of Madison Has Heart.

Deck the halls: Madison Has Heart holds Dec. 5 Christmas sale of vintage collectibl­es at historic Walnut church

Wintertime in the mountains, with its temperature variances and extreme weather conditions, can be a harsh season for residents of western North Carolina. For those with limited financial means living in isolated areas of the region, the cost of simply heating one’s home can be difficult to manage. To help support those in need of […]

ADDING IT UP: According to the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, Buncombe County is home to 449 nonprofit organizations. To fund their work, each organization must come up with creative solutions that helps them stand out from the crowd.

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.

Filling a need: Where government and nonprofits intersect

As part of Xpress’ Nov. 19 Nonprofit Issue, we asked several community leaders for their thoughts about the work nonprofits perform in our community. Here’s what Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chairman David Gantt had to say. Mountain Xpress: What role do nonprofits play in our community? David Gantt: Nonprofits play a huge role in […]

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue proposed a three-phase Sanctuary, the first featuring a Dog Village, Dog Park and Sanctuary Clinic.

Despite funding challenges­, WNC nonprofits find ways to serve

Western North Carolina is blessed with a tremendous variety of charitable nonprofit organizations, each of which contributes to the overall health of our community in various ways. These organizations help find homes for animals, protect the environment, feed and clothe the needy, advocate for vulnerable populations, encourage healthy living and help grow independent businesses. Without […]

Holding on: Local child services weather funding cuts

Every nonprofit director has a horror story about the perils of relying on outside funding. “It’s a house of cards,” says Jim Barrett, executive director of Pisgah Legal Services. “Stressful,” says John Lauterbach, executive director of Caring for Children. “It’s competitive every year.” “I’ve done WIC for 28 years now,” adds Georganna Cogburn, nutrition program […]

Carolina Public Press: U.S. Cellular Center to issue open call to nonprofits

Here’s an excerpt from the Carolina Public Press article: According to a recent review by the city of Asheville, the U.S. Cellular Center’s program to help local nonprofits raise funds by staffing concession stands is mostly on target. The audit, conducted at the request of the facility’s general manager, also found that the effort could […]

The Culture and Recreation Authority (CRA) was created last year to oversee the county’s libraries, parks and recreation facilities as well as work with related community partners. Photo by Jake Frankel

Buncombe agency recommends $1.17 million for nonprofits­, denies Moogfest applicatio­n

The Buncombe County Culture and Recreation Authority recommended $1.17 million in grants to a list of 15 local nonprofit organizations — far less than the $3.86 million they requested, but more than twice as much as County Manager Wanda Greene is recommending as she prepares to craft the county budget for the next fiscal year.