In late 2012, United Way of Bradley County held its first open house for local nonprofit groups. While it was a successful networking opportunity, it also served as the official exhibition of the newest tool available to these organizations: the CapitalMark Bank & Trust Nonprofit Resource Library.
“We are pleased to see so much interest in the resource library, and it is already being used by many in our community,” said Matt Ryerson, president and CEO of United Way of Bradley County.
“It is another way we want to partner with others to provide the best service to those in need.”
Ryerson said the library, which is located at the United Way offices on Ocoee Street, would not be possible without the financial backing from CapitalMark whose Church Street office is located just one block from the nonprofit organization.
“Keith Barrett and the staff at CapitalMark have been great supporters of United Way for years prior to starting the new bank, and they have continued to show that support through this important donation,” the United Way president said.
Barrett, at the introduction of the Resource Library at United Way’s open house, said the bank is committed to the Cleveland and Bradley County community. He added the bank wants to work with local organizations such as United Way and those other nonprofits that will utilize the Resource Library.
The CapitalMark Nonprofit Resource Library provides an online database and library-type service to all local nonprofits so they may look for grants and other resources to help them better provide their services. Both online resources and a printed library of materials are available at the center.
The center consists of two computer terminals connected to the Internet and subscriber-based access to all inclusive foundation center resource databases. WiFi service is also available at the United Way offices for any nonprofits utilizing their own laptops.
United Way of Bradley County also subscribes to several nonprofit publications which are available to those using the Resource Library. Annual reports from the majority of the foundations that give in the local geographic area are also available.
Training is also being offered by United Way, in cooperation with the Community Action Network, on how to use the database. The first of these training sessions was held in December, and the next is scheduled for Feb. 5.
Andrea Lockerby, the Coordinated School health director for Bradley County Schools, was one of those in attendance at the initial training.
“I think the CapitalMark Nonprofit Resource Library is an invaluable asset to our community and will offer agencies an efficient way to seek funding opportunity to support Bradley County programs,” Lockerby said. “This directory unlocks a world of funding possibilities that might otherwise be unknown.”
She added, “Our office is elated to have access to the directory to search for funding to support programs for students in our community. Thank you, CapitalMark for your support of Bradley County’s future.”
Along with the Coordinated School Health Department, other organizations attending the first training session included the Bradley Initiative for Church and Community, Behavioral Research Institute, Cleveland-Bradley Chamber of Commerce, Family Resource Agency, People for Care and Learning, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.
“This foundation database directory is a great tool,” said Jennifer Burke of Boys & Girls Clubs. “It is very user-friendly and informative, and I look forward to using it in the near future.”
One of the Resource Library’s key benefits is its location. Many who have worked with the Foundation Center at United Way of Greater Chattanooga now have the opportunity to use this local center.
“We have worked with the Foundation Center at United Way of Greater Chattanooga and have attended training there as well as accessed their database,” said Patrick Long, United Way vice president of Community Impact. “Several others in our community have also been working with their center. We felt that the demand for this information had grown to the point that United Way of Bradley County needed to offer those services locally, rather than going to Chattanooga for this valuable information.”
To find out more about the CapitalMark Nonprofit Resource Library, or to schedule a time to visit the center, contact the Community Action Network’s Emily McComb at the United Way offices at 479-2020. Registration for the Feb. 5 training may be made by contacting McComb at the United Way.