by Ida Koric
Rossland’s Sustainability Commission is running a Non-Profit Collaboration gathering on the evening of May 28 at the Miner’s Hall. The event is an opportunity for local not-for-profit organizations to meet, share ideas, learn from those with experience and gain exposure in the community.
Not-for-profit organizations come into being when passionate, motivated people come together to fill what they see as a need in their community. Those involved volunteer their time with no expectation but the reward of seeing their efforts come to fruition. Funding comes wholly through donations and government grants, leaving such groups reliant on the generosity of local people and businesses.
Thus far, eighteen groups have registered for the event, ranging widely in scope from environmental sustainability, to the arts, to athletics. It will be an opportunity to learn what grassroots initiatives have started up in Rossland, as well as what has been accomplished by those that have been toiling away for years. After an initial meet and greet session, a number of groups will make micro-presentations (three minutes in length) to introduce their causes.
A variety of presenters will also be on hand to provide their expertise in a variety of subjects. Deanne Stevens of the Sustainability Commission will be outlining the administrative requirements of a non-profit organization, the City of Rossland will explain its new grant application procedure, and Kevin Saldern of the CBT will instruct on how to build a great project. Additionally, professional accountant, Jeff Ross, will talk about the differences between charities and non-profits from a book-keeping perspective.
It will be an excellent opportunity for groups with similar goals to share resources, for successful non-profits to share their tips and secrets, and for those active in their communities to network. Food will be provided and a cash bar, run by the Rossland Arts Council, will be available. Interested groups have until May 15 to register, and interested members of the public are also asked to RSVP for consideration of food and venue capacity. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for registration info.