Non-Profit Council back in business

Tri-Lakes Community Foundation resurrected

Dave Van Ness
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The Non-Profit Council used to be part of the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce but it went dormant two or three years ago. The Tri-Lakes Community Foundation has resurrected the council and will be staging its first presentation, “Social Media for Non-Profits,” from 1-3 p.m. May 15 at the Monument Library.

According to foundation president Dave Van Ness, this will be one presentation that shouldn’t be missed. The presenter is Jewels Burdick, owner of SuperFine Designs. She is an expert in nearly everything concerning the use of the Internet as a business tool and will present all the “tricks-of-the-trade” concerning social media, including how to set up a nonprofit on Facebook, how to add links, how to TAG a business or organization, how to schedule and post in the future (maybe even a week at a time), how to change the time or delete a post and how to use Instagram.

Van Ness gave Burdick a personal reference.

“I’d like to tell you what she has done, in just one year, for the nonprofit Old Colorado City (Association), where I am the executive director,” he states in a news release. “Our web page hits have gone from an average of 2,200 per week to an average of 8,000 per week. Our Facebook views have gone from practically nothing to over 25,000 per week with a huge number clicking through to our events and calendar pages. We are now selling tickets on-line plus a multitude of other improvements.”

The Tri-Lakes Community Foundation was incorporated in 2010 under the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce umbrella and is now an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Its mission is to serve as a resource for not-for-profit organizations in the Tri-Lakes area. Its further goal is to support and help facilitate public projects and events to benefit the community. The Non-Profit Council is now under the foundation’s umbrella and will play a part in reaching its goals.

In the past three years, the foundation has supported the Transportation 59 initiative, provided fiscal support to the Crawford Memorial Project and provided financial support to the Tri-Lakes Family Health Fair and Tri-lakes Views.

Its Board of Directors include Cathy Green, Jean Harris, Vicki Mynhier, Karen Stensland, Ted Rinebarger, and Van Ness.

“We have used our old lists (of nonprofit organizations) to send out invitations to the presentation so we might have missed a few but this is an appeal to readers to come anyway whether we have your name or not,” Van Ness said. “This presentation is open to all local nonprofits. We expect to sponsor these presentations quarterly so there should be two more this year. I’m thinking about presentations that are event and fundraising related, for example.”

To reserve a space at the May 15 presentation, email reservation information to TLCFoundation2951@gmail.com or call the Monument Library at 719-488-2370.