A St. Louis organization that works to help nonprofits build capacity has put down roots in the Queen City.
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The opening is supported by Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc., which surveyed its nonprofit partners to understand their needs.
"After in-depth work by a task force consisting of CFO board members, staff and nonprofit leaders, NSC’s reputation, experience and range of services stood out as a great opportunity for our community," CFO President and CEO Brian Fogle said in the release. "We are delighted with their expansion to assist our nonprofit community in working to improve the quality of life in our region.”
NSC hosts workshops and roundtable groups, as well as consultative services and operational support for nonprofits.
“The purpose behind everything NSC does is to strengthen nonprofits so they can increase their capacity to serve people,” said Diane Drollinger, CEO of NSC, in the release. “Through our connection to the CFO, we have learned a great deal about the unique needs of the people and the organizations in the southwest Missouri region. We look forward to helping the area’s nonprofits take their incredible work to the next level.”
NSC provides “affordable and innovative capacity building programs,” according to the release. The organization’s website indicates scholarships are available for nonprofits seeking the organization’s services. CFO spokesperson Aaron Scott said the Springfield organization is financially supporting an NSC capacity-building scholarship program, with funding from an anonymous donor.
Scott said NSC opened its Springfield office on Oct. 4. The organization hired two Springfield employees, Laura Winstead and Nichole Reynolds, he said.
Drollinger and Amy Brooks, its chief operating officer, were in town late last month at an introduction ceremony hosted by CFO.
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