Nonprofits make up our country’s hidden infrastructure, as crucial as our water lines and roads. This structure represents decades of investment by taxpayers, foundations, and consumers. It educates us, keeps us healthy, and catches us when we are most at risk.
The economic recovery is leaving behind many nonprofits and communities in need: 80% report an increase in demand for services in 2014, the 6th straight year of increased demand; and 56% were unable to meet demand in 2013—the highest reported in the survey’s history. Only 11% expect 2014 to be easier than 2013 for the people they serve.
At Interact, we’ve been awarding scholarships to entrepreneurs, students, artists and non-profit leaders for more than a decade. Our purpose is to help these individuals connect with their story—and the fundamental reason they are involved in their work. To become a catalyst and attract support, we must come from the strength of our mission and not our need for funding.
One of our primary community partnerships is with United Way of the Central Carolinas, which funds more than 90 health and human services agencies in the five-county region. Interact has been training the executives and United Way clients who go out into the community to speak at kickoffs for many years.