CIS Moore County and Moore Buddies Welcome New Executive Director

Executive Director Linda Harte joins CISMC and Moore Buddies for a new partnership.

Communities In Schools of Moore County (CIS) and Moore Buddies have announced a partnership in which the two nonprofits will share operational expenses in an effort to reduce the costs of services offered and to improve efficiency of all operations.

bIt became apparent to our two organizations, having worked together for the past three years on Dancing with the Sandhills Stars, that our missions are nearly the same but in different venues,b said Tom Cruce, board chairman of CIS, in a news release.

bThe mission of Commun-ities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life via one-on-one mentoring.b

Holly Floyd, chair of Moore Buddies, said, bOur focus is on the success of Moore County families through mentoring youth, promoting leadership and empowering families through educational programs. Thus this partnership makes a great deal of sense.b

Each organization will maintain its tax-exempt, nonprofit status, but share in the costs of rent, utilities, administration and management expenses. Moore Buddies just recently moved from its Seven Lakes office into the CIS office in Pinehurst.

bTo state that fundraising for nonprofits has been difficult over the past four years, would be a chasm of an understatement,b said Cruce. bGrants at local, state and federal levels are being reduced drastically or drying up completely, making local fundraising a core effort. In a small county with so much need by so many, all non-profits in the county are vying for the same dollar, which dictates that nonprofits think outside the box.b

bReducing costs has been a goal for both our organizations so we could assist more children in need,b Floyd said. bThis expense sharing will certainly assist us to that end, and as we realize the financial benefits of our savings over the next year or so, we both hope to achieve that goal. However, we must next increase our fundraising results. Simply cutting costs will not place either of our organizations where we must be financially.b

To lead the programs of the two organizations, a search was made for a new executive director. Since the directorbs positions at both organizations was in transition, the timing for the agreement was good.

An extensive search and hiring process led the two organizations to Linda Harte, previously with First Health Com-munity Health, where she managed a significant community grant program in her previous role there.

Harte was with First Health of the Carolinas for 15 years, holding several leadership positions. She is a graduate of UNC Pembroke, where she received her bachelorbs degree in business management and her Master of Business Admin-istration degree.

bLinda comes with an excellent reputation for her high level of organizational and team-building skills,b Floyd said.

Cruce added, bWe were impressed with not only her credentials, but also how she was prepared for the multiple interviews and the high level of energy she displayed during those meetings.b

Both organizations now believe they are on a much more solid path for the future than a year ago.

bNeither of us is able to breeze down the nonprofit road at this point,b Cruce said. bHowever, this partnership for sharing costs and Linda Harte coming into our brave new world gives us high hopes that we will be able to continue our missions of mentoring children and empowering them and their families to move on to a higher quality of life.b

bAmen to that, and the public should know both organizations are looking for mentors,b Floyd said. bWe have a waiting list of children as a reminder there is much more to be done.b

For more information about the organizations, visit www.moore-buddies.org and www.moorebuddiesmentoring.com, or call (910) 295-1072.

Executive Director Linda Harte joins CISMC and Moore Buddies for a new partnership.