We’re all in this together
By Anna Gelbman Edmonds
Did you know that the mission of the The F-Suite isn’t to publish more magazines? That’s something to which we aspire, but that’s not our mission. As clearly stated on our website, The F-Suite’s mission is to encourage and be a resource for women in the business community, empowering them to grow and develop their businesses and leadership skills in order to make a positive impact on the greater community.
Notice the emphasis on the last part of that sentence. I started this magazine because I want to see changes in my community. I think the best way for me to help bring changes about is to use my professional skills as a journalist. So, I started a magazine to rally the businesswomen of the Midlands.
I firmly believe that women empowered with the necessary resources, drive and encouragement will achieve not only their personal career goals, but be influencers in their work environment and local community. This positions them to help reshape the larger business, political and cultural landscape. Nonprofit organizations are formed to do exactly that.
What is a nonprofit organization?
Nonprofit organizations are tax-exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3) as public charities formed to further a social cause and provide public benefit. Within section 501(c)(3) there are two primary distinctions: those organized as private foundations and those organized as public charities. These can be political, religious, cultural, scientific or educational in nature.*
Nonprofit organizations depend on private donations of money and other resources, grants and government funding to operate as a business. Most are highly dependent on volunteers who work in tandem with paid staff. They also depend on a volunteer board of directors. Board members are typically individuals whose passions, experience, skills and connections can assist the nonprofit in its mission.
Small business owners and nonprofit organizations
It is my hope that in bringing attention to the mission and work of nonprofits in the Midlands, the women of our small business community will find a cause or causes they can support financially or through volunteer service. I firmly believe that each of us has an obligation to give back to the community where we live, work and play. That’s how we make a positive impact. You don’t have to be wealthy to be a philanthropist. A philanthropist is someone who has the desire to promote the welfare of others, and isn’t that you?
Each issue of The F-Suite includes an editorial focusing on a local nonprofit, and many others will be profiled on our website in the future. Discover how easy it is to make a difference in your community by serving on a board, donating time or material goods, leading a workshop, mentoring or filling a need in some other way. I’m quite sure several people helped you get where you are today. How can you now be of help to someone who needs it?
If you know of a nonprofit that we should profile, please let us know by email.