Welcoming your Prayerful Support!
If you are even a casual reader of this blog, then you know I have not made an entry for several months or more. I guess I have been a bit too focused upon the harsh realities created by the facilitation of a nonprofit when it is experiencing significant income deficit.
Our Center certainly seems to continue to be respected and revered by many in the local area. Our Facebook page gains followers daily (more than 2775 and counting – which is huge for our area), and we were recently named as the “Nonprofit/ Service Organization of the Year” by the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce during their annual Phoenix Awards luncheon. Of course we continue to be utilized by so very many who request the supports that we can offer – ones that are reliant upon sustained donations and grants.
However, there are also several significant community projects underway which collectively requiring a great deal of committed financial backing from the local philanthropic public. Unfortunately, the Shenango Valley is neither claimed by the Erie nor Pittsburgh metropolitan regions, each of whom have a number of available foundations purposely created to offer support to nonprofits functioning within those areas. We are instead associated with Youngstown – and the Ohio-based foundations seldom include the Shenango Valley of Pennsylvania within their giving models. Thus all the local nonprofits typically “go to the same wells” when seeking support from these few foundations located within the Shenango Valley; and those grant sources are seemingly less able to offer grants as in the past years – very likely in response to commitments to the larger projects.
While local nonprofits have not been told that directly, we certainly experience the repercussions of the funding diversions.
It is tough sledding now in our little portion of the nonprofit world. Please know that we do not like to ask for help because we faithfully believe that God will provide – but it cannot hurt to ask for your prayers for our work and our supporters. Our program participants are depending upon them!