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Non-Profits and Funders Unite At The Annual Funders Forum

As Texas and Louisiana recover from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the federal government promised grant money to rebuild our communities. Today, non-profit organizations in East Texas got the opportunity to meet those funders one on one who have money to give at the annual Funders Forum put on by Circle of Ten.

"Sometimes people don't believe that those grants and those funds are out there, or they don't think those grants apply to them," said Kathy Holdway, President of Circle of Ten. "They are going to meet new people who have services in common with them and they are going to partner with each other, but they are also going to go back and apply for some of these monies." One non-profit, Gateway to American Opportunities, which teaches literacy classes, came prepared to get the best experience possible.

"It's just a wonderful opportunity to network with other non-profits," said Peggy Lustig, Literacy Director for Gateway to American Opportunities. "It's an opportunity for me to show what we're doing, but it's a wonderful opportunity for me to network with these funders to find out who exactly funds literacy." Along with the one and one sessions, non-profits got the chance to listen to several funding panels. Everything from housing, to health and family.

"I was in a session with NETLS, North East Texas Library System and they said they have this money if a library wants to offer literacy classes," said Lustig. "They have the money to do that. I didn't know that." Now, non-profits from around East Texas can walk away knowing help is available.

More than 200 people attended the annual Funder's Forum. If you missed it, Circle of Ten says it's always available to help your non-profit get ahead. It offers monthly training classes on how to find grants that are available and then write them. For more information on their classes call Circle of Ten at 903-541-0013.

Molly Reuter, reporting.


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