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Hendersonville, NC, women fight human trafficking

Sewing project in India offers dignity, source of income From left, Annie Fritschner, Lisa Clark and Robin Reed show some of the hearth scarves created by women in a life-changing sewing project in Durgapur, India. By Beth Beasley De Bona Halifax Media Group Correspondent Published: Monday, October 27, 2014 at 5:01 p.m. Shopping for fabric […]

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What the Athena Award means to Me April 2014

The Athena Leadership Model: The authentic self Relationships Giving back Collaboration Courageous acts Learning Fierce advocacy Celebration and joy Often I describe myself as a coward or a chicken. I have a big heart and have always led with it, but my head – the voices in my head – tell me I am afraid. […]

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

People usually do NOT like to tell how much they earn, how large a contribution they made, or how big a bequest they have planned for their favorite NGO. As wonderful as anonymous or humble donors are, it can extremely helpful if donors will tell their friends (and family members) how much they are giving, […]

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be bold. be brave. be hope.

A fundraiser, minister, mentor, volunteer, and philanthropist, Annie Fritschner exemplifies the qualities the ATHENA award represents. Named for the Greek goddess Athena, the modern-day award seeks nominees who represent wisdom, courage, inspiration and justice – qualities that Annie genuinely lives through her work with Pardee Hospital, the Medical Resources Clinic, Mainstay’s shelter for domestic violence […]

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ATHENA Award goes to Fritschner

MIKE DIRKS/TIMES-NEWS By Mark Schulman Times-News Staff Writer Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 at 4:30 a.m. FLAT ROCK — “This is extremely, extremely personal and meaningful to me,” a stunned Rev. Annie Fritschner told the crowd after receiving the ATHENA award Thursday at the annual Business and Professional Women’s Luncheon at Kenmure Country Club. The […]

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Top Tips for Best Grant Writing

Read and follow the directions. Develop a relationship with the Foundation staff/board members at least ½  year before you intend to apply. Tell the truth in areas of weakness and how the organization’s problems will be addressed. Check to make sure the funder received the grant. Stress your organization’s uniqueness and collaborations. DO what you […]

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Make Your World a Better Place

How To Do a World Café to Make Your World a Better Place David Isaacs, co-founder of the World Café is an extraordinary man. He teaches people how to ask questions that matter so that conversations that matter can take place. There are six design principles to follow so you and your organization can have […]

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Western North Carolina’s Nonprofits An Important Economic Sector

 A Study conducted by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina in collaboration with the Environmental Leadership Center of Warren Wilson College  Executive Summary The charitable nonprofit sector in Western North Carolina is large, diverse and growing and our citizens depend a great deal on nonprofits to provide many of the services that make our communities […]

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The First to Give

BY ANNIE FRITSCHNER, ACRFRE Volunteering saved my life- or at least my soul. I was a miserable student all through grade school and high school and the harder I worked and the more I studied, the worse my grades were. Then one day a teacher asked me if I would lead the school in ECO-Day […]

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