CLT Nonprofits

Charlotte has over 5,000 registered non-profits (um, what?!), and we consider the work they do to be supremely creative. They bring innovative approaches to community challenges new and old, and its our job as Charlotte citizens to support their efforts, attend their events and donate to their causes. We know you want to get involved, and these pieces will help you discover your philanthropic spirit animals.



Who Built Me: Henry Rock of City Startup Labs

CLT Creatives, CLT Nonprofits, Podcasts | September 18, 2020

Henry Rock, founder of City Startup Labs, works to help aspiring young entrepreneurs, so it makes sense that he knows a thing or two about the value of a mentor in building social capital. It’s no surprise then, that he himself had several influentia… read more »




PODCAST: Molly Shaw Looks Back at Communities in Schools

CLT Nonprofits, Podcasts | September 18, 2020

For almost a decade, Molly Shaw has served as the President and CEO of Communities in Schools, a vital position of leadership where her work directly impacted students across Mecklenburg County. This summer, however, Molly left her position to explor… read more »




New Fund Established to Invest in Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Creatives

CLT Nonprofits, Creative News, How To/Resources | September 17, 2020

Charlotte is Creative, Hue House, Arts & Science Council (ASC) and Foundation For The Carolinas (FFTC) are pleased to announce the Charlotte-Mecklenburg CARES for Arts, Culture & Creativity Fund with a mission to directly invest in and impact… read more »




The State of Nonprofit Pay

CLT Nonprofits, Editorials | September 16, 2020

What should someone who leads a Charlotte-based nonprofit organization earn as a salary? As you contemplate that question, what thoughts are coming to mind? For some, there is some sort of threshold of what seems “appropriate” for a nonprofit leader…. read more »




Glenda Bernhardt Cares About the Long-Term Success of Children

CLT Creatives, CLT Nonprofits | August 20, 2020

“There is a Charlotte that you do not know exists … but, I have also experienced things that would make your heart swell like you wouldn’t believe.” – Glenda Bernhardt, Freedom School Partners This summer was not exactly what Glenda Bernhardt had i… read more »




The LACCC is Small, But Mighty

CLT Nonprofits | July 14, 2020

“We invested our resources to help our members during the current [COVID-19] crisis,” Gonzalez said, “even though we were struggling ourselves.” – Rocio Gonzalez Rocio Gonzalez and the Latin American Chamber of Commerce do an outsized amount of good…. read more »




This Air Stream Needs A Name

CLT Nonprofits | July 7, 2020

  She Built This City is committed to giving young women the tools to build Charlotte’s future… literally. After 20 years in the construction industry and often being the only woman in the room, Demi Knight Clark founded the non-profit organizat… read more »




“Green shoots through concrete…”

CLT Nonprofits | July 1, 2020

“I’ve seen this movie before,” he said. “I’ve been involved in Black Power and civil rights for a long time. But we’ll see. This time does feel different.” – Henry Rock Henry Rock has been anticipating this moment – when the white establishment final… read more »




Pedro Perez Cares About Families Experiencing Homelessness

CLT Nonprofits, Editorials | June 26, 2020

“My career is defined by a number of firsts, taking on new challenges and persevering against the odds,” Perez said. “Resiliency is an attribute I share with the families served by Charlotte Family Housing.” – Pedro Perez When you think of an ex-New… read more »




Those You Seek to Serve Have The Answers

CLT Creatives, CLT Nonprofits | June 26, 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is an editorial from Greg Schermbeck, founder of Schermco, a social-impact consulting firm that offers strategic advising, organizational development, and implementation services to schools and education-focused organizations tha… read more »




COVID-19 and the Digital Divide

Biscuit Blitz, CLT Nonprofits, Videos | June 26, 2020

COVID-19 has forced us all onto the Web for education, business and entertainment. No problem if you have high-speed internet, but you’re still running to catch up. But, if you are in the grasp of the digital divide, without access to reliable broadb… read more »




Biscuit Blitz: 5 Minutes with Armah Shiancoe

Biscuit Blitz, CLT Nonprofits, Videos | June 23, 2020

However you decide to pronounce his first name, one thing is crystal clear about Armah Shiancoe: he is preparing our young people to be of true value to our 21st Century communities. In this Batch of the Biscuit Blitz, Matt Olin chats with Armah abou… read more »




Lifting Up Communities Too Long Ignored

CLT Nonprofits, Creative News | June 23, 2020

“…we want to teach financial responsibility – show our participants how the business world works.” – Manuel Campbell Before Aspire Community Capital makes a loan, the nonprofit gives aspiring business owners the know-how and tools to realize their… read more »




“All Part of the Same Ecosystem…” – Prospera Aids Hispanic Entrepreneurs

CLT Nonprofits | June 3, 2020

Prospera’s José Alvarez helps aspiring entrepreneurs realize a dream, become part of the business community José Alvarez, head of Prospera, a nonprofit that offers free bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs, has a motto: “Everyone’s an entre… read more »




Greg Schermbeck Wants to Reimagine Education

CLT Nonprofits, Videos | May 26, 2020

If there was ever a time for fresh, innovative thinking about education … that time is now with well over 100,000 students working from home, many of them at or below the poverty line. Thankfully, Greg Schembeck and his team at Schermco are on the… read more »




Working Together To Serve More

CLT Nonprofits, Editorials | May 16, 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story of #CreativityInCaptivity is was submitted by a collaborative team from Apparo, Charlotte Community ToolBank and Restore Global. Working together, we will be able to serve more nonprofits by Caroline Wienecke, Restore Global… read more »




Erin Santos Won’t Let COVID-19 … or Cancer … Stop Her

CLT Nonprofits, Videos | April 29, 2020

In March 2020, most of the world came to a stop due to COVID-19 preventative measures. We all knew it would be incredibly destructive for businesses, but what about nonprofits? In the case of the Isabella Santos Foundation (ISF), 1/3 of their annual… read more »




$10,000 – 13 Jobs – 1,000 Meals

CLT Nonprofits, Creative News | April 28, 2020

It’s all about stirring the pot of uncertainty in a positive way … putting more beef in the stew.” Chef Ron Alhert of the Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) and Tom Sasser of Burke Hospitality Group aren’t known for sitting around. As acti… read more »




Nominations Needed for National Philanthropy Day

CLT Nonprofits, Happenings | April 22, 2020

Every year the Charlotte chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) gathers to celebrate National Philanthropy Day. The day is designed to honor the individuals, groups, organizations and businesses in Charlotte who are creating a… read more »




The Front Steps Project Turns Photos into Food

CLT Creatives, CLT Nonprofits, Happenings | April 8, 2020

Editor’s Note: This article was written by a close friend of The Biscuit, Tonya Reid. Tonya is a hairdresser and owner of T. Reid & Company, a salon and spa that has been cutting it up in Charlotte since 2001. T. Reid and Company is also a proud… read more »