Community Improvement, Capacity Building

North Kohala Community Resource Center

  • Hawi, HI
  • www.northkohala.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to increase the number of successful community improvement projects and stimulate volunteerism.
NKCRC sponsors and supports individuals or groups who are creating projects that have the potential to enhance and sustain the North Kohala community. From its inception, NKCRC has been unique in its purpose to listen to the ideas and goals that residents of North Kohala have for their community, to act as a link for funding and education to create projects to support those ideas, and to assist in seeing those projects through to successful completion.
Most importantly, NKCRC is a nonprofit established and led by diverse individuals who possess an historic and knowledgeable view of the community - with open minds for the future.

Main Programs

  1. Workshop Series Twice Each Year
Service Areas

Self-reported

Hawaii

(North Kohala) Hawi, Hawaii 96719, and  Kapa'au, Hawaii 96755

ruling year

2002

Executive Director

Self-reported

Christine Richardson

Keywords

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community development, North Kohala Hawaii

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Also Known As

NKCRC

EIN

02-0553251

 Number

2469818190

Physical Address

55-3393 Akoni Pule Hwy

Hawi, 96719

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

Rural (S32)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We provide support, education and fiscal sponsorship to a growing and varied list of 81 projects in North Kohala, which impact the entire community of 6,322 residents.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Workshop Series Twice Each Year

We teach workshops on planning successful community projects, finding funding, and writing successful proposals twice each year.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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None

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our mission is to increase the number of successful community projects in our community. This will result in a better community, more volunteerism, great capacity to actually plan projects, organize them, establish realistic and important objectives, find funding, and accomplish the objectives. In effect, we are building greater capacity in the community to get things done for the community.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    First, members of the community come to us with their own ideas for projects, so the projects we support are created at the very grass roots of our community, not in the County or State level, but in hour home town back yard, or playground, as we have come to call it. Our 13 member board are all successful community organizers, and this board approves the project concept in its application for sponsorship as one which will fill a vital need in the community. If the project is not approved, we provide specific ways the project can adjust its approach to get approval. Once approved, we provide free training on how to organize the project, find funding, and write a master proposal. We use this proposal to seek funding with our comprehensive list of foundations, government agencies at all levels, and corporate and individual funders to identify funding sources, and when secured we provide our 501(c)3 platform to receive tax deductible grants and contributions to our sponsored projects. Projects pay a small fee to us when they are funded.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We know how to get things done in the community from many years of experience. We also know how to write successful proposals, and we have a wide network of over 70 funding sources. We know our governmental leaders in our County and statewide. We also network with many other nonprofits in our community state wide. We follow what we teach in raising our own operating support funding and we have a successful business, the Kohala Welcome Center, which is related to our mission of preserving, protecting, enhancing, and explaining our community. We also know the community well, and have deep roots in the community.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We track one key index: the number of successful projects month to month and year to year. Currently we are supporting 81 projects, and the number of successful projects has increased every year since the inauguration of our program in 2002. Of course we also monitor our own financial condition and work hard to remain sustainable year after year. We also carefully monitor all of our projects in a monthly dashboard report to our Board.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have met our objectives for increasing successful community projects for 12 straight years. We have trained over 130 members of our community to be accomplished project leaders and organizers. We opened our Kohala Welcome Center a little over two years ago and have served over 25,000 visitors since that time. We have made a major, constructive impact in the community and are touching the lives of everyone who lives here in these efforts. Our challenge, of course, is to continue to fund our operations (about $150,000 a year), continue to strengthen the relationships with our funders, and continue to plan for the succession of our Board leadership and our staff leadership as well.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Hawaii

(North Kohala) Hawi, Hawaii 96719, and  Kapa'au, Hawaii 96755

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Funding Needs

We need funding for support our annual operational costs of $150,000 to $180,000 a year. Currently we receive about $54,000 annually from about 1000 households. We would like to increase this to about $80,000 per year. Our fees for service, special events, on-line auction, and capacity building grants contribute the rest of our needed support.

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Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

NORTH KOHALA COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

North Kohala Community Resource Center

Leadership

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Executive Director

Christine Richardson

BIO

Christine Richardson

Executive Director

Christine brings a wide-ranging background to our Center. With a BA in Human Service Advocacy and five years as the Clinic Manager for North Kohala’s Native Hawaiian Health Research project. She has considerable experience in providing grass-roots service to residents in our community, has managed large projects and accomplished important community-related goals. As a professional RN, she has served Kohala Home Health Care and Kohala Hospital and is an on-call RN for North Hawaii Hospice. She completed a Certificate of Professional Development in Nonprofit Management from Kapiolani Community College in September 2004. She has lived in Kohala since 1994.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"We are pleased to continue to receive increased requests for support in a wide range of projects in our community."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Maile Lincoln

Panache Destination Management

Term: Jan 2014 - Dec 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?