The Abundance Foundation

WE HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED, RIGHT HERE AT HOME

aka Abundance NC   |   Pittsboro, NC   |  www.abundancenc.org

Mission

Our mission is to promote community resilience through health, sustainability, culture and equality. Abundance NC explores solutions to modern individual and societal concerns through strategic convenings and educational events with the intent to create resilient communities.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Ms. Marcela Slade

Main address

220 Lorax Lane #5

Pittsboro, NC 27312 USA

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Formerly known as

Abundance Foundation

EIN

20-4327530

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (K01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problem that Abundance NC sees is that our culture is impoverished and sick. Our people are dying of unnecessary disease due to poor nutrition, even the wealthy. Our children are being raised in scarcity and have increasingly less connection due to technology overuse. The pharmaceutical companies are making profits with products that cover up the symptoms temporarily. Big OIL is profiting from polluting our environment and adding to our climate change. There is more and more education and awareness happening, but not fast enough. There is also an increased loneliness and lack of connection and meaning in people's lives. Drug abuse, suicide and apathy are on the rise. The general population uses consumerism to fill the holes which leads to more environmental degradation.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Cultural Alchemy Events

Abundance NC creates 3 community festivals and faires annually. These events educate the public on local food, sustainable agriculture, death literacy and basic human relationship needs. They create venues for the people to learn about lost traditions, skills as well as create new ways to be in relationship with each other and the Earth.

Think Again Series
PepperFest
Death Faire

Population(s) Served

A program created in response to our community’s need due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. We match people in the Piedmont of NC who have time, resources and the means to help to those in need of various services. While we mainly pay utility bills, we also have people buy and deliver groceries, pay medical bills, prevent evictions with rental payments, and guide people to other community resources available. N2N is completely funded through individual community support. Staff time for this program has been covered by 20% of the funds we have raised.

This program is unique to others because the application process is simple: no matter who reaches out in a difficult situation gets help. The turnaround time for payments, deliveries and guidance is rapid, 1-5 days. We have noticed that the majority of people either find resources elsewhere or find help elsewhere, because we aren’t contacted for help again. We see the most effective work is done when we empower people from the ground-up.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Health
Children and youth

We provide official nonprofit status, assistance and guidance to other like-minded organizations, to help them get their start, make progress and succeed.

Starting a new non-profit organization is a lot of work and involves some upfront expense and a lot of paperwork, especially if the non-profit wants to be able to accept tax-free donations. We are able to help new start-ups sidestep that part of the process until they are on their feet, helping make changes happen in our community in a more efficient way.

Mentoring can help new organizations avoid potential obstacles and take advantage of opportunities when they come along. Through our fiscal sponsorship program, we help local enterprises thrive and we facilitate the creation of more resilient communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Abundance NC aims to bring these cultural issues to the surface to examine as a community. We want to show that by increasing our local economy, our small businesses, our support of sustainable agriculture and farmers, we gain meaning and increase the health of the public and the health of the soils/environment.
We also address topics such as death literacy, grief support, green burial in order for people to go deeper and find relief and healing. This leads to healthier and more resilient communities.
We support conservation and equity.

Our strategy is to bring people together with an agenda to teach, facilitate conversations, networks and build strong resilient communities. We also educate the youth during summer camp on the same topics along with bicycle skills.

We oversee other smaller organizations to help them get started so that we can reach a larger population within North Carolina.

We have been working on local food, renewable energy and community for over 13 years. Our death and culture work began in 2016 and has made a huge impact in North Carolina. We partner with other organizations and we model a different way of being.

We have made significant progress in local food, we were a big part of the biodiesel movement which is transitioning to electric cars now. Our 6th Death Faire is coming up and we are going to go deeper into death, grief, love, cultural taboos, social justice, taboos and the topics that need to be brought to the light in order to solve the issues. We are bursting out of the seedling!

Financials

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Operations

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

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The Abundance Foundation

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Sarah Pohlig

Patrick McGarry

Blue Cross Blue Shield

LaShauna Austria

Seeds of Change

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/22/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/22/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.