Sometimes unexpected challenges arise for nonprofits. In December 2019, Dogwood began its grantmaking with Immediate Opportunities and Needs (ION) grants of $500- $25,000 to support one-time, immediate needs or opportunities for 501(c)(3) organizations and government or tribal entities.
Dogwood’s Program and Grants committee awarded more than $3.7 million to a diverse range of 259 nonprofit and government agencies from every county and the Qualla Boundary. Of those funded, 34% of requests advanced equity or reduce disparities.
Although this initiative is now closed, this first round of funding helped us build initial relationships throughout our region. Now, we’re using what we learned to inform the design of our strategic initiatives to move the needle on key issues and make lasting change.
The 2020 Census count is officially ended, and WNC outperformed the rest of the state when it came to beating the 2010 response rate! Despite underfunding, a global pandemic, a growing social movement and an election cycle, our county leaders and nonprofit partners stepped up in a big way!