I hadn’t had my hair cut in over a year (okay…, maybe longer), and it was getting very long and unruly. It was time to schedule a haircut. It had probably been two years since I last saw this hairstylist. As we caught up about business and life, she 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. I recognize the value that most nonprofits bring to our community. I appreciate this description:
“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.”– Council of Nonprofits
When we started Cascadin, we knew that one of the main types of organizations we wanted to serve was nonprofits.
Inspired by Montana nonprofits
I’m inspired by the work of those in the nonprofit sector. Maybe it’s an organization that fights food insecurity like Fork & Spoon. Or one that 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. Most nonprofits fill unmet needs in the community. 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.
Joining the Montana Nonprofit Association
We’re 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. It feels so good to join.
We look forward to working with Montana nonprofits moving forward. Cascadin can help you organize and document your work easily. That way, you can spend more time focusing on your missions of bringing support, awareness, entertainment, engagement, and vitality to communities across our state.
Co-Founder & CEO
Known for organizing the dirty dishes before cleaning them, Alyson is learning how to do less, better and helping others do the same. She loves exploring beautiful lands near and far, trying new recipes, aspiring to be the next Star Baker, growing her garden, and avoiding board games at all cost.