I hadn't had my hair cut in over a year (okay… maybe longer) and it was getting very long and very unruly. Finally, I decided it was time to schedule a haircut. It had probably been 2 years since I last saw this hairstylist, but as we talked and caught up about business and life, she stopped and said "You know, I remember you talking about helping nonprofits. What draws you to them so much?"
While I've never worked for a traditional nonprofit, I've volunteered with several over the years, and I recognize the value that most nonprofits bring to our community. I appreciate the definition from the Council of Nonprofits:
"Charitable nonprofits embody the best of America. They provide a way for people to work together for the common good, transforming shared beliefs and hopes into action. They give shape to our boldest dreams, highest ideals, and noblest causes."
For this reason, when we started Cascadin, we knew that one of the main types of organizations we wanted to serve was nonprofits.
I have always been inspired by the work of those in the nonprofit sector. Whether it be an organization that fights food insecurity like Fork & Spoon or supports language learning and culture awareness in schools like World Language Initiative - Montana, nonprofits often become the heart of a community. In Bozeman, thousands look forward every year to events like Huffing for Stuffing and the Sweet Pea Festival.
As the pandemic has advanced, the creativity of nonprofits in Montana is awe-inspiring. Watching these organizations pivot to online fundraisers like the Stay-At-Home Sweet Tooth Ball or hosting socially distant events like the Helena Holiday Cruise that are fun and engaging shows the true community spirit they embody.
Yet, we also recognize the challenges that many nonprofits face every day to fulfill their missions. Many nonprofits fill a need that isn't being met in the community, and that means trying to find the resources that aren't always forthcoming. Nonprofits don't always have access to the tools or staff that could help them be more efficient and effective with their resources. With limited budgets and resources, nonprofits do heroic work.
It's why we're so excited to announce that Cascadin is now an affiliate member of the Montana Nonprofit Association. While we're not yet at a place where we can sponsor events or offer big investments in community nonprofits, we can join the organization that supports nonprofits. We've been working towards becoming an MNA member for several years, and it feels so good to be at the place in our company's development to be here.
We look forward to working with Montana nonprofits seeking to organize and document their work so that they can spend more time focusing on their missions of bringing support, awareness, entertainment, engagement, and vitality to communities across our state.