Equinox Society formed to support non-profits | DrumhellerMail
Last updateFri, 17 May 2024 12pm

Equinox Society formed to support non-profits

    A new society is emerging dedicated to supporting non-profit arts and cultural organizations in building sustainable, healthy communities.
    The Equinox Arts and Culture Society is now active and its primary mandate is to invite non-profits to become members in order to access the services of a professional grant writer. 
    “Non-profits can use our grant writing services for as long as it takes to research and secure grants,” said Eloise Smylie, who is one of five board members, all of whom are very familiar with the struggles non-profits can face.  The service is on a “user fee” basis, so non-profits can “come and go” when they have projects in mind.  It eliminates the stress of finding an appropriate grant writer and/or having the monetary stress of having to try to secure a writer on a part-time or full time basis.
    Membership includes two hours of grant writing services to either seek out new grant opportunities or begin to write a grant, based on information provided by the non-profit organization about a specific project.   Grant writing can often be an involved, time consuming process that takes experience and expertise in order to be successful.  Most organizations don’t have the resources or skills to write effective, successful applications.
    Over time, the membership will entitle organizations to access a comprehensive database, where they can tap into resources, such as community services, professional training or fundraising opportunities.  It will be a living “bank” of resources for the arts and cultural sector creating a cultural hub.
    The second mandate of the society is to seek partnerships and encourage philanthropy amongst other non-profits. This can be accomplished by partnering in fundraising events, not just locally, but regionally. “Most organizations have philanthropy as a mandate, but can’t reach out to others because of a lack of their own strength. Together we can put on much larger and more sophisticated events,” Smylie said.  Continued partnering brings sustainability.
    The society is currently building relationships with various Chambers of Commerce to partner and assist in building relationships with non-profits in other areas. “The idea is if we could get for example, a motivational speaker for a non profit, ideally we could get them to speak in Brooks, Strathmore or Drumheller, or all three,” she said.
    “We are confident that the business sector will be supportive as the outcome can only mean increased community strength and tourism dollars,” said Smylie.
    For more information email equinox.society@telus.net or phone Signature Bookkeeping Services at 403-823-5930.

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