Organizational Milestones

MILESTONES

 

1998

  • Several nonprofit leaders met for lunch and decided they should do it more often – to keep in touch with what each other was doing and explore ways of working together.  They continued to meet periodically.

2000        

  • Incorporated as High Desert Community Coalitions by one of the original nonprofit leaders, Jan Saltzman, a Barstow businessman.

2001               

  • Filed for and received nonprofit status

2000 – 2003   

  • Hosted periodic workshops and networking meetings in Barstow, and co-hosted High Desert Partnership for Kids meetings with County of San Bernardino, Children’s Network

2002

  • Chairman of the Board – Jan Saltzman, President – Vici Nagel
  • Hired Part-time Nonprofit Consultant in April (Vici Nagel)
  • Developed Board of Directors – First Board meeting held July 24, 2002.  Jan Saltzman elected Board Chair and Vici Nagel elected President.
  • Began fundraising / grant writing in order to fund nonprofit capacity-building programs

2003   

  • Chairman of the Board – Jan Saltzman, President/CEO – Vici Nagel
  • Vici Nagel contracted with to provide CEO services and George Nagel contracted with to provide database management services
  • Network of identified organizations = Circa 200
  • Instituted regular e-newsletter containing nonprofit news, resources, and funding opportunities
  • Instituted annual nonprofit forum, a Funding Forum, with 155 participants (October)
  • First Grant - $50,000 from The California Endowment

2004               

  • Chairman of the Board – Ron Wilson, President/CEO – Vici Nagel
  • Instituted regular (bi-monthly) networking meetings in Apple Valley – Average attendance 35

2005               

  • Chairman of the Board – Debbie A. Cannon, President/CEO – Vici Nagel
  • Received first 3-year grant from The California Wellness Foundation for $100,000
  • Developed first Strategic & Marketing Plans – funded by The Community Foundation, Serving Riverside & San Bernardino Counties
  • Network of identified organizations = 1,000+
  • Instituted Agencies Advisory Council (subsequently changed to Members Advisory Council)
  • Instituted periodic workshops

2006

  • Chairman of the Board – Debbie A. Cannon, President/CEO – Vici Nagel
  • Vici Nagel formally hired as first employee
  • Changed name to High Desert Resource Network
  • Network meetings averaging 50 in attendance
  • Developed new website
  • Accepted as a host of The Foundation Center Cooperating Collection of grantwriting resources
  • Invited to join California Management Assistance Partnership
  • Joined national Alliance for Nonprofit Management
  • CEO participated in The California Wellness Foundation leadership development program                       

2007

  • Chairman of the Board – Debbie A. Cannon, President/CEO – Vici Nagel
  • First grant from the Weingart Foundation to hire second employee
  • Joined ExecNet, the Latino Health Collaborative, and The California Endowment in forming the San Bernardino County Capacity Building Consortium ("The Consortium")

2008

  • Chairman of the Board – Matthew Denham, President/CEO – Vici Nagel
  • Hired second employee (Debbie A. Cannon, COO)
  • Network begins meeting nine times per year
  • Created Leadership Circle to recognize major donors
  • Created High Desert Nonprofit Awards to recognize nonprofit excellence
  • Won Bank of America, Neighborhood Builders Award (Award includes $200,000 over two years and training for CEO and COO.)

2009

  • Chairman of the Board – Matthew Denham, President/CEO – Vici Nagel
  • Created The Fundraising Academy for Grassroots Organizations™ and began first course (2009/2010)
  • Staff attended Bank of America, national leadership training program
  • CEO, Vici Nagel chairs The Consortium for first time
  • Produced first tabloid publication to promote nonprofit sector.  Appears in Daily Press newspaper and distributed statewide

2010

  • Chairman of the Board – Matthew Denham, President/CEO – Vici Nagel
  • 10 Year Anniversary of Incorporation
  • Graduated first class of The Fundraising Academy (10 Graduates)
  • Changed annual forum to "Access Government Day" to help nonprofits advocate for greater funding and work with government entities to advance shared goals.
  • With St. Mary Medical Center and stakeholders, launched Healthy High Desert coalition. AcademyGO is the coalition facilitator.

2011

  • Chairman of the Board – Matthew Denham, President/CEO – Vici Nagel
  • Strategic Planning committee develops "Go Big Plan" and looks toward expansion to meet Inland Empire region’s nonprofit capacity-building needs; meets with various stakeholders
  • Hired third employee (George Nagel, part-time Administrative Assistant)
  • Los Angeles County forms a capacity-building partnership and CEO joins
  • Graduated second class of The Fundraising Academy (13 Graduates) and began third course “down the hill” in Rancho Cucamonga in collaboration with Inland Empire United Way
  • Developed Chairman's Award and recognized The California Wellness Foundation as the first honoree for their “significant support of strengthening nonprofits”

2012

  • Chairman of the Board – Matthew Denham, President/CEO – Vici Nagel
  • 10 Year Anniversary of President/CEO, Vici Nagel (April)
  • 10 Year Anniversary of Board of Directors (July)
  • Network meetings average attendance rises to 60
  • The Consortium leads countywide, nonprofit capacity building strategic planning
  • Graduated third class of The Fundraising Academy (22 Graduates)
  • Changed name to Academy for Grassroots Organizations to eliminate place-based name and recognize focus on local organizations and learning

2013

  • Chairman of the Board – Andrea Mitchel, President/CEO – Vici Nagel
  • Graduated fourth class of The Fundraising Academy, sponsored by the County for the first time
  • Healthy High Desert hosts first High Desert Health Summit.
  • The Consortium commissions report on the economic impact of San Bernardino County nonprofits
  • Completed comprehensive strategic plan
  • Developed new website/database system to facilitate online training registration and member communications

2014

  • Chairman of the Board – Christopher Lindsay, President/CEO – Vici Nagel
  • Hired fourth employee (Paula Martinez, part-time Program Assistant)
  • CEO and Board Chair participate in Annenberg Foundation, Alchemy course
  • Graduated fifth class of The Fundraising Academy
  • Began hosting Center for Nonprofit Management workshops in San Bernardino County
  • Access Government Day held at the County Government Center in San Bernardino for the first time, with four of the five County Supervisors participating.  Theme: Developing Meaningful Partnerships for Advancing the Countywide Vision
  • Developed social media presence to facilitate information and resources exchange among region’s nonprofits
  • Rebranded nonprofit awards to Academy Awards for Nonprofit Excellence

2015

  • Chairman of the Board – Christopher Lindsay, President/CEO – Vici Nagel
  • 15 Year Anniversary of Incorporation
  • Had to cancel last day of Grantwriting Course and Access Government Day because of December 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino

2016

  • Chairman of the Board – Christopher Lindsay, President/CEO – Vici Nagel
  • Reconfigured grantwriting course and rebranded to The Grantwriting Academy for Grassroots Organizations™ (first four-day course held in October 2016)
  • Graduated seven class of The Fundraising Academy
  • CalNonprofits CEO, Jan Masaoka speaks at Access Government Day
  • Since 2010, our seven classes of The Fundraising Academy for Grassroots Organizations™ report that the Academy has helped them raise a combined total of at least $5.4 million since 2009.  These monies raised are a 9:1 multiplier of the funds invested in implementing those courses and new funds used to meet critical local needs.
  • The Network includes 2,600+ leaders from nonprofits, public agencies, ministries, clubs and associations, schools, funders, and businesses
  • Rebranded Network to “IE Resource Network”

2017

  • Chairman of the Board – Christopher Lindsay, President/CEO – Vici Nagel
  • IE Resource Network held first convening “down the hill” in Ontario.  Speakers were Weingart Foundation’s Belen Vargas and David Greco of Social Sector Partners regarding “Overcoming the Nonprofit Starvation Cycle.”
  • 15 Year Anniversary of President/CEO, Vici Nagel (April)
  • 15 Year Anniversary of Board of Directors (July)

Updated 2/13/17