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June 30, 2013

Resource Center aids nonprofits

Nonprofit Resource Center a program of Neighbors Building Neighborhoods

A program of Neighbors Building Neighborhoods of Muskogee, the Nonprofit Resource Center was launched in 2007 with the goal of strengthening local nonprofits.

The program’s mission is to provide services, training and resources to help nonprofits meet community needs. As a membership program, the Nonprofit Resource Center offers numerous exclusive member benefits’ including discounts on training and resources, members-only services, and limited free use of the training center for meetings and events. Services include financial services, grant seeking and proposal writing, marketing and publicity, and custom technical assistance on a range of topics.

The NRC’s accounting team provides a range of bookkeeping services including recording income and expenses, bank statement reconciliation, financial reporting, and payroll and associated taxes.

Fiscal sponsorship services help organizations without a 501(c)(3) designation receive tax-deductible donations and grant funding. As a fiscal sponsor, NBN receives and manages all funds for the sponsored program, retains control and discretion as to the use of funds and maintains records establishing that the funds were used for charitable, educational, or other 501(c)(3) purposes. In addition to the full range of bookkeeping services described, fiscal sponsorship clients receive disbursement and deposit services.

The Nonprofit Resource Center publishes an e-newsletter the second and fourth Fridays of each month. The newsletter includes news, events, and program updates submitted by NRC member organizations. Subscribing to the newsletter is a great way to keep up with what’s happening in the community. The newsletter is free, and subscribing is easy at www.nbn-nrc.org.

One of the most popular services is grant seeking and proposal writing.

Member organizations can receive a full range of proposal development, review, and submission services; additionally, members receive free funding searches tailored to their program needs.

Because the grants department is funded by a grant from the City of Muskogee Foundation, proposal fees are far below average rates charged by independent consultants. Additionally, assistance with letters of inquiry and applications to the City of Muskogee Foundation are free of charge to member and non-member organizations alike.

Trainings and events planned for this summer and fall include Volunteer Management, Meet the Funders, Introduction to Grantseeking, Proposal Writing and QuickBooks. Each April during National Volunteer Week, local nonprofits honor their outstanding volunteers at the Volunteer Appreciation Banquet hosted by the Nonprofit Resource Center. This year, 180 community members attended, and 73 volunteers were honored.

The Russell Ruby Resource Library is home to more than 350 titles on a full range of topics including governance, management, fundraising, grantseeking, finances and marketing.

The Foundation Center’s premier grant search database, Foundation Directory Online, includes information on more than 100,000 foundations, and access is free in the library. The library is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The 2013-2014 membership year begins Monday.

Membership fees are $100 for nonprofit organizations, $100 for individual associate members, and $200 for business associate members.

For more information about the Nonprofit Resource Center, or to become a member contact Laura Wickizer at (918) 683-4600 or lwickizer@nbn-nrc.org.

Reach Rebecca Walkup at (918) 683-4600 or rwalkup@nbn-nrc.org.

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