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Member Spotlight: Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, April 29, 2019

It’s a two-acre tropical sanctuary in the heart of West Palm Beach – the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is a historic home featuring larger-than-life monumental sculptures, works of art, and collection of rare palms and cycads.

 

The lush green jungle-like setting was perfect for Nonprofit First’s Spring Mix, Mingle, and Member Networking on April 11 in the natural, unmanicured preserve just off Flagler Drive and Intercoastal Waterway.

 

For our April member spotlight, let us take you on a tour of Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens (our new member).

 

 

The first thing you need to know about Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is the basics about its namesake.

 

Ann Norton was a sculptress who arrived in the Palm Beach area in 1942, at age 37, to teach sculpturing at the Norton Gallery and School of Art founded by Ralph Norton, who she later married in 1948. She went on to become a nationally recognized artist who created nine large-scale sculptures as tall as 28 feet at her home at 253 Barcelona Road in the historic El Cid neighborhood, as well as about 100 smaller sculptures in wood, stone and bronze.

 

Her works in bronze, stone and wood are displayed throughout the gardens. In particular, her northern cedar wooden structures were inspired by material often used by the Indians of the Northwest for their totem poles. She noted in an article in the New York Times in 1978: “I use everything – the cracks in the wood, the knots, and the gnarls. I like my work to flow together with nature.”

 

Ann Norton’s artistic vision was shaped by Cubism, Art Deco style, and the architecture and sculptures of Romanesque and Gothic churches that she studied on her trips to Europe and elsewhere. Her Seven Beings sculptures, featuring Mayan influences in the faces and some Navajo Indian, stand attentive and watchful, each facing a different direction.

 

The other thing you need to know about Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is its impact on the community.

 

A conservationist, Ann Norton spent her life not only building a home for her art, but also a sanctuary for living beings. Each year, about 20,000 people visit Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens – which she established as a non-profit foundation in 1977 – including 5,000 low-income students for educational programming. The organization is devoted to exhibiting works of other artists, while preserving Ann Norton’s studio and displaying her monumental sculptures in a preserve where a notable collection of rare palms is continually being developed.

As a recognition for her contributions to the arts and the community, Ann Norton was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame this year. And, around the same time, Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens were acceptance into the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

 

Ann Norton died in 1982, but her legacy lives on in her historic home, artist studio and rare palm gardens which were left for the enjoyment and education of the community. 

 

We hope you visit – enjoy!

 

Learn more about Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens here.

 

If your nonprofit has a great story to tell, contact Charlotte Gill at Nonprofits First: 561-910-3891 or cgill@nonprofitsfirst.org.

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Affiliate Spotlight: AHA! Business Consulting

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, April 22, 2019

1. What is your business name?  

AHA! Business Consulting

 

2.  What do you (or your business) specialize in?

Reducing your employee turnover by helping you to hire right and set your team members up for success.

 

3. How did you get started in consulting?  

Our founder, Andrea Hoffer, started her career in Higher Education Administration, where she worked with college students to help them to develop leadership skills and skills to be successful in the work world.  After 15 years, she left higher ed to open a spa with 35 employees and learned first-hand the challenges of finding and keeping the right team members for your business or organization.  AHA! was originally born out of a need from college campuses looking for an outside consultant to facilitate workshops for their team leadership for the purpose of improving team communication and negotiating change.  Andrea’s unique background in Higher Education and business was a good fit for their needs.  Later, AHA! Business Consulting expanded to working with both nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses.

 

4. What are you really good at?

We give you the tools and support you need for continued growth and improvement.  Our focus is not just on hiring right or team development.  It is how each piece fits together to create a positive culture and successful team.  Each of our clients have a specific need in mind when they contact us.  We meet them where they are with a service or workshop that will start to address their immediate need, but we don’t just stop there.  Once we begin to understand our client’s long term goals and needs, we become partners in their on-going success.  Each of our clients receive an action plan for next steps we can help them with or simple actions they can take on their own to continue the growth.

 

5. Who are some of your clients?  

Nonprofits First-We have facilitated team workshops for their leadership team.  We also have facilitated an Everything DiSC Workshop for the Rising Leaders the last four years.  The Milagro Center.  Quantum Foundation.  These are some of the nonprofits we have worked with.  We also have worked with for-profit businesses like The Salt Suite, European Wax, Cold Stone Creamery.

 

6. What’s the most unique aspect of what you do?  

We take an educational approach. We teach our clients to fish instead of fishing for them. We provide tools, services and training that our clients can use as they grow and develop their team. 

 

7.  What is your connection to the nonprofit community?  

Our Founder, Andrea, came from the nonprofit world of Higher Education.  She also led a nonprofit theater in Atlanta, GA for a couple of years.  Working with nonprofit organizations has always held a special place in her heart- especially when the organizational mission involves education or the arts.  

 

8. How can organizations best reach you?  

We can be reached at 561.829.5611 or info@ahabusinessconsulting.com.

Tags:  Affiliate Consultant  Cultivate  Leadership  Membership  Professional Development 

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Member Spotlight: Women’s Foundation of Florida & Philanthropy Tank

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, March 25, 2019

Nonprofits First offers many services to the nonprofit community – including the ability to rent space in our West Palm Beach office.

 

Two organizations are taking advantage of that, using our space to maximize the opportunity to be “next door” to our many educational workshops.

 

Those two agencies are: Women’s Foundation of Florida and Philanthropy Tank.

 

They are the focus of our March member spotlight.

 

 

Women’s Foundation of Florida and Philanthropy Tank have different missions, but they have many similarities. They are both small but mighty organizations looking to grow.

 

We asked the staff of both organizations to tell us about their organizations and why they support Nonprofits First.

 

1) Explain briefly how your organization helps people in Palm Beach County/South Florida.

 

Judith Selzer, co-founder and president of Women’s Foundation of Florida: The Women’s Foundation of Florida empowers women and girls to be leaders so we can change the world. Our leadership programs and micro-grants invest in challenging the status quo, lifting up innovative ideas and leaning into the magic of women’s vision for the world around us. Check us out at WomensFoundationFL.org.

 

Mathew Avila, project assistant at Philanthropy Tank: The Philanthropy Tank is an organization that challenges, empowers, and equips the next generation of CHANGEmakers in grades 8-12 to develop and implement a sustainable social service, activism, or entrepreneurship idea that aims to solve a problem in the community.

 

We have over 20 active projects that cover a vast range of topics. One of our 2018 winners, Surface 71, aims to reduce plastic use, improve marine habitats, and advocate that water is life. This past month, Surface 71 successfully lobbied to eliminate plastic straws and stirrers at local businesses and restaurants in West Palm Beach. Their success has even earned them a private tour of the White House and the U.S. Capitol by Senator Marco Rubio.

 

Some of our most recent 2019 winners include groups like the Mayan Girls and Code Autism. The Mayan Girls are a group of young women that translate and market important content relating to health, severe weather, and community updates from English and Spanish to various indigenous Mayan languages in the Lake Worth area. Code Autism is a project that teaches computer programming classes to autistic children from the Els Center for Autism. These are just a fraction of the numerous projects that the Philanthropy Tank has helped support in the past four years. In total, the Philanthropy Tank has impacted over 300,000 lives in Palm Beach County through the various CHANGEmaker programs. Check us out at philanthropytank.org

 

 

2) Why did you decide to be housed in the office of Nonprofits First? What’s the advantage of being there?

 

Judith Selzer: We are thrilled to utilize office space and technical assistance from Nonprofits First because this is an organization that reflects our values and mission. We both believe in public service, leadership and collaboration. It’s a perfect fit!

 

Mathew Avila: The Nonprofits First family recognizes what it takes to construct and maintain an organization that is only starting to bury its roots into the ground. Since the Philanthropy Tank is a young organization, it makes complete sense that we surround ourselves with experienced professionals who know how to develop nonprofits.

 

Over the past two years, the Philanthropy Tank staff has attended numerous informational and collaborative workshops. We walk away with innovative tools and advice from these workshops that make all the difference in the world. The variety of topics covered is endless. Sharing an office with Nonprofits First is a wonderful experience.

 

If your nonprofit has a great story to tell, contact Charlotte Gill at Nonprofits First: 561-910-3891 or cgill@nonprofitsfirst.org.

Tags:  Charities  Collaborations  Cultivate  Leadership  Membership  Nonprofit 

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Member Spotlight: Center for Child Counseling

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

February Member Spotlight: Center for Child Counseling

 

The Center for Child Counseling is on a roll lately– they’ve won major grants, a Hats Off Award, and many other accolades for their work in improving the social-emotional wellness of children and their families in Palm Beach County.

The recent successes are the result of a lunch meeting in 2013, and the hard work that followed and continues today.

The Center’s story is our February Member Spotlight. 

 

The Center for Child Counseling has received a lot of attention as of late – and deservedly so.

 

In October, the agency won Nonprofit of the Year (Medium) at the 2018 Hats Off Nonprofit Awards. In November, they were one of 16 nonprofits selected to receive a grant from New York Life to provide trauma and grief support to those who have experienced devastation or loss. And in February, they won $100,000 from Impact the Palm Beaches.

 

Overseeing all of this is CEO Renée Layman, MS, LMHC. She manages a staff of more than 10 people and their work in helping more than 1,500 children and their caregivers. Layman has more than 20 years of experience in mental health services, most of which are specific to children’s mental health.

 

She’s had the job since 2013 when she and the organization’s founder, Jane Robinson, met over lunch and Robinson offered Layman the opportunity to take over the group (then called All ‘Bout Children) and take it to the next level. Layman accepted and, with Robinson’s guidance and feedback, teamed up with infant mental health specialist Lauren Scirrotto, LMHC, to develop the foundation for the next chapter of the agency, starting with the new name, Center for Child Counseling.

 

Both women had a vision for a supportive, transparent, and compassionate workplace that enabled staff to thrive while they helped the most vulnerable populations in Palm Beach County heal from trauma and toxic stress. Layman and Scirrotto, often sitting face-to-face, developed policies and procedures with a clear focus on what they wanted the agency to accomplish: building the foundation for playful, healthful, and hopeful living for children and families.  

 

Through prevention, early intervention, and targeted treatment, the staff focused on creating a “trauma-informed” community where all partners (schools, criminal justice system, shelters, health care providers, and many other professionals and institutions) worked closely to identify and heal the effects of toxic stress and trauma before they developed into damaging behaviors.

 

The goal also was to shift from asking “what’s wrong with you?” to “what happened to you” and “how can we help?”

 

Over time, the Center for Child Counseling did just that, and today it’s focused on three key areas:

 

  • Improving the social-emotional wellness of children and their caregivers by providing an array of prevention, early intervention, and mental health services.
  • Improving caregivers' mental health and use of effective strategies to support children, while strengthening their ability to provide an environment that promotes healthy outcomes.
  • Training professionals and the community on effective clinical models and trauma-informed strategies for working with children and families.

 

How does all of that fit together?

 

A staggering 1 in 4 children live in poverty in Palm Beach County, putting them at risk for an array of experiences that can change the structure of the developing brain.

 

Some organization has to fill critical gaps in the system of care to address urgent needs of those children and their families.

 

That organization is the Center for Child Counseling.

 

 

Contact the Center for Child Counseling by calling 561-244-9499 or emailing info@centerforchildcounseling.org.

 

If your nonprofit has a great story to tell, contact Charlotte Gill at Nonprofits First: (561) 910-3891 or cgill@nonprofitsfirst.org.

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Affiliate Spotlight: Sharp & Sweet

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Friday, February 22, 2019

1.       What is your business name?

Sharp & Sweet. But we are actually two separate agencies. Cheryl Baldwin owns Sweet Boo Design and Laura Morse owns Sharp 11. Together we call ourselves Sharp & Sweet. But you might also say the name describes our personalities! Our project collaboration became so close over the years it made sense to package our work together. We recommend each other for almost every job we get into, so promoting ourselves as a team was just a natural step forward.

2.       What do you (or your business) specialize in?

Sharp & Sweet is all about nonprofit branding that elevates every aspect of your mission. To work with a brand is to take on an organization’s reason for existence. Your brand is so much more than a logo. Your brand is your cause, your culture, and your connection to donors. If it doesn’t hold meaning for the people experiencing it, your mission and everything you do is totally lost. Sharp & Sweet makes your brand SPEAK. And talk louder and above the rest, we might add. And we can do that in one hundred different ways.


3.       How did you get started in consulting?

Cheryl has been on her own for a long time now as a graphic designer, evolving into her own business when she took over a freelance magazine gig and then ran a business teaching children’s art classes. She did a corporate stint for a while but loved being an entrepreneur more. Cheryl also discovered a passion for furthering the work of the charitable sector, and most of her work now is with nonprofits.

Laura’s prior career was in nonprofit management, communications, and development for museums, underserved communities, and education. She brought her insider info and love for causes to create Sharp 11, a communications and strategy studio for nonprofits. Laura wants to help revolutionize the way causes share their message and engage their staff and the public.


4.       What are you really good at?

Sharp & Sweet is a cool combo. We start work with our clients by totally immersing ourselves in their story. We’re really good at listening so we can truly feel a part of the cause and understand its deepest needs. This knowledge lives in us and guides our entire strategy throughout the project. If we don’t think we can feel a connection to the cause, we won’t take on the work. It’s that personal to us.

 

5.            What is your firm really good at?

We’re really good at being bold and delivering something really special. We come out swinging. Our goal is to cut through clutter, noise, and tired old ideas to make your message totally stand out from the rest. This can be scary for clients, even if they think they want it. We know it takes time to change course or strike a new tone, but we know how to get you there. It’s a journey and it’s not for the faint. If you really want to change the world, you better step up and be big, even if you have two staff people and a budget under $250k. Donors don’t respond to weakness. They want solutions, change, and a meaningful cause to support.

 

6.            What do you do better than your rivals?

Sharp & Sweet is always cooking some secret sauce. There may only be two of us, but we bring the Total Package. We are full brand architects who understand fundraising.

We are amazing at bringing out simplicity, authenticity, and humanizing your message so you attract the people who will love and support your work. The rest of the crowd doesn’t matter. Our work is painstakingly careful in the message: no BS, never jargon-y, always human and relatable.

We are uber brain-stormers. There’s a real symbiotic flow to how we generate ideas and create. We absolutely push each other to be better with every piece we work on. We elevate each other’s work so we can be our very best for our clients.

And there’s a hell of a lot of seriousness and fun going on around here that our clients hop right into and enjoy.

5.       Who are some of your clients?

Wow, do we love us some awesome change-makers. We are overwhelmed by the good work these agencies do and are proud to be a small part of it: Community Partners, Dress for Success Palm Beaches, Alpert Jewish Family Service, Resource Depot, Center for Child Counseling, Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, YMCA of South Palm Beach County, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of Palm Beach County, HomeSafe, Palm Beach County Food Bank, and even Nonprofits First.


6.       What's the most unique aspect of what you do?

Our method employs mission-driven design and we pour the secret sauce all over it. We’re not going to tell you what that is here. You have to call us. We don’t know anyone else around in design and communications who also knows fundraising strategy and how to appeal to donors. That’s pretty crucial, right? We are also rule-breakers when necessary. We create ways for causes to find freedom to be what they were meant to be.


7.       Who inspires you?

Being Boss (Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson), RBG, Michelle&BarackForever, Brene Brown, Beyonce, Maya Angelou

8.       What cause or mission is close to your heart?

Indulge us with several, please: Suicide Prevention Awareness, Women’s Issues, Rescue Animals, Racial Equity, Education, Underserved Communities, Mental Health, World Peace, Arts & Humanities, the Environment

9.       What is your connection to the nonprofit community?

Beyond our work with clients, our current volunteerism belongs to Leadership Palm Beach County, the Mental Health Association, the Women’s Foundation of Florida, and St. George’s Center.


10.   How can organizations best reach you?

Offering coffee or food usually works best.

 

Check us out at Sharp11.org and SweetBooDesign.com

Email or call either of us to talk about what we can do for you.

Laura: 561.531.3511 and laura@sharp11.org

Cheryl: 561.578.7019 and cheryl@sweetboodesign.com

 

Thanks for taking the time to learn about us!

 

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