Nonprofit organizations must continuously seek new funding sources to support their services and keep their doors open.

Southwestern Community College is offering a workshop to help guide local nonprofits through this process and provide the tools they need to succeed.

The Small Business Center at SCC will host a Nonprofit Fundraising Boot Camp on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26-27. The workshops will be offered at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and are open to nonprofits throughout SCC’s service area of Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties and the Qualla Boundary.

Preregistration is required:

Specific topics include:

• “Diversified Funding Strategies for Successful Nonprofits” from 9 a.m.-noon on March 26.

• “Proactive Grant Writing” from 1-4 p.m. on March 26.

  “Effective Fundraising with the Help of Your Board” from 9 a.m.-noon on March 27.

• “Proactive Grant Research: Capitalize on Your Time & Energy” from 1-4 p.m. on March 27.

“Many nonprofits find themselves almost completely dependent on grant dollars,” said Tiffany Henry, director of the Small Business Center at Southwestern. “What makes this reality even more challenging is the fact that more applicants are vying for smaller pots of funding every year. This changing landscape in the grants world forces nonprofits to step out of their comfort zone and explore more diversified revenue streams. Our series will help you sustain and grow your organization.”

Presenting at the boot camp will be Mandy Pearce, who launched Funding For Good, Inc., in 2009 to equip organizations with the skills and tools needed to become successful and sustainable.

For more information about the Nonprofit Fundraising Boot Camp or any of the other services and seminars offered by SCC’s Small Business Center, contact Henry at or 339-4211.