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History of NCC

Coos Bay Area has been building a strong network of nonprofits and resources starting in 2007 with Ford Family funding of Community Collaborations and again through Pathways. The Ford Institute has made a major investment in these community building efforts, culminating in funding the development of NCC to continue the work of the community through a formal organization capable of coordinating these efforts. NCC has spent the past year successfully carrying out this role and is poised to expand its work with a second year of support from the Ford Institute.

NCC emerged from the incubator of the Ford Institute for Leadership Program (FILP), a project of The Ford Family Foundation.  A Ford Fellow and a FILP graduate recognized a way to short-circuit earlier organizing efforts – focus on the positive first.  Three factors converged and contributed to what has developed as NCC:

  • Being captivated by the challenge “to make the social environment as beautiful as the natural environment.”
  • Recognizing that innovation requires passion and willingness – both abundantly present
  • Awareness that new models could be created using skills learned in FILP

Engaging others and expanding the role of an existing non-profit (Oregon Coast Arts), they devised the beginnings of a means by which to tend those good ideas from a spark into a flame.  A technical assistance application to the Ford Institute for Community Building was funded in 2013.  A vision, mission, and strategic framework, including six broad initiatives, developed over four planning sessions.  Following the roll out, The Ford Family Foundation funded an Action Plan grant in July 2015.

The first year under this Action Grant, saw our part-time Executive Director, Char Luther, working with the Board of Directors and volunteers to

– establish a formal corporate structure for the organization

– connect with other local groups and organizations that are working to enhance community life

– provide support for fledgling nonprofit groups and community projects

– begin a series of training workshops for nonprofits

After a successful year, Ford Institute renewed the Action Grant for another year, starting July 1, 2016.

Community opportunity, challenge or issue

Our community is comprised of many small nonprofits and informally organized community projects addressing health and community well-being needs, including homelessness, poverty, discrimination, drug addiction, and other social disparities. NCC attempts to build on successful community initiatives, while helping fill the gaps. NCC does this by convening key stakeholders and fostering collaborations.

NCC provides support to many small groups of citizens who have come together as volunteers to address needs in the community and many new nonprofits who…

  • need access to a 501(c)3 and assistance in fundraising in order to provide services
  • need access to qualified volunteers, pro bono professionals, or paid staff
  • need training and resources to put together strategic plans, business plans, grant proposals, corporate documents, fundraising campaigns, websites, email campaigns, and donation processes
  • need assistance organizing and administering public informational and collaborative meetings
  • need help recruiting, screening, training, and managing volunteers

Community impact

NCC provides a physical foothold for the 200 community members who have been part of creating this dynamic movement. NCC organizes community meetings for diverse stakeholders to generate ideas, resources, opportunities and needs to solve locally identified issues through a collaborative approach. Through this collaborative approach, every community member can become a social entrepreneur doing something to make a positive impact on Coos County culture. As the community takes more responsibility for channeling change through the New Community Coalition, NCC will grow exponentially to become stronger and more diversified.

Collaboration projects

Currently, there are eight Projects NCC is collaborating on with local groups.

  • The Bike Project – in partnership with the Devereux Center, NCC is facilitating a project to find and distribute used bikes to individuals needing transportation.
  • The ARK Project – in partnership with the Coos Bay School District special programs director Lisa DeSalvio, NCC has been facilitating renovations to the new meeting space for the project.
  • Q & A of Coos County (Queers and Allies) – strives to create safe spaces and build a multi-generational community of support for LGBTQ people and their allies in Coos County through bold advocacy, creative outreach, and fun activities.  NCC has worked with the group this past year to help it grow and become ready to apply for 501(c)3 status.
  • Guild After School Music Program – The Guild partnered with Boys & Girls Club and together they created a sound-proof music room where Guild participants meet on Thursday afternoons to make music. NCC provides 501(c)3 oversight for this organization and will assist with recruiting volunteers to create new music programs.
  • Homeless Solutions Coos County – is a grass roots group working to alleviate homelessness, especially for those who feel compelled  to resort to camping on state beaches. Bittin Duggan is spearheading the project, along with several community volunteers. NCC is providing meeting facilitation and support.
  • Heroin/Opiate Work Force – Healed by Chief Kappelman (North Bend Police Chief), this is a multi-agency coalition addressing the growing problem of addiction in our community. NCC is providing meeting support.
  • Restorative Justice for Youth – follows on a juvenile Victim/Offender Meeting program and is in transition as it works to offer the program directly to the youth and family upon detainment. NCC has been facilitating these organizational meetings.
  • Coos Community Hub – is a website (cooshub.org) for Coos County residents to share information about local events, projects, issues, good news, needs for volunteers and materials, etc. NCC is sharing information from the community on this site and helping to promote it.

Support services

Our community is comprised of many small nonprofits and informally organized community projects addressing health and community well-being needs, including homelessness, poverty, discrimination, drug addiction, and other social disparities. NCC attempts to build on successful community initiatives, while helping fill the gaps. NCC does this by convening key stakeholders and fostering collaborations.

NCC also builds capacity by offering training workshops in partnership with other agencies