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Nonprofit Collaborative hires Network Facilitator w/ Environmental Funders Network Grant Funding
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Nonprofit Collaborative hires Network Facilitator w/ Environmental Funders Network Grant Funding

Bethel Area Nonprofit Collaborative (BANC) member organizations and other local nonprofits gather to welcome Jessie Seymour Perkins into her new position as BANC Network Facilitator. From Left: Zach Lehman, Gould Academy; Landon Fake, Mahoosuc Trails; Julie Hart, Mahoosuc Kids Association; Cathy Newell, District Exchange/Maine Adult Education; Jessie Seymour Perkins; BANC Co-Chair Steve Wight, Mahoosuc Land Trust; BANC Co-Chair Nancy Davis, Bethel Historical Society; BANC Secretary Aranka Matolcsy, Mahoosuc Arts Council; Bonnie Pooley, Western Mountains Senior College/Mahoosuc Land Trust; Jeannie Waite, MSAD#44; BANC Treasurer Robin Zinchuk, Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce. Susan Jennings of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension; Kirk Siegel, Bethel Trails Collaborative;  Marcia Foster-Austin, Western Mountains Senior College and  Jim Mitchell, Mahoosuc Land Trust not pictured.

BETHEL – The Bethel Area Nonprofit Collaborative (BANC) achieved a large stride ahead in its development this month by hiring a network facilitator. Jessie Seymour Perkins will serve to enhance and build meaningful connections among Greater Bethel Area nonprofit organizations by facilitating collaboration through activities, communications, fundraising and much more.

Perkins is an alum of Dartmouth College and a Maine native with roots in the Bethel area. She brings to BANC several years of working with non-profit outreach programs, including traveling thousands of miles back and forth across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York with the Northern Forest Center’s mobile museum, Ways of the Woods. Most recently, she has organized the Androscoggin River Watershed Council’s Source to the Sea Trek. She also has a background in marketing and communications and enjoys putting it to work for nonprofits. She lives in Bethel with her husband Gabe Perkins, and together they participate in skiing, hiking, gardening, and renovating their old house.
In her capacity as network facilitator, Perkins will create and strengthen links among the Bethel area’s non-profit community by facilitating and formalizing BANC’s strategic planning; expanding opportunities for collaborative ventures; enhancing existing, and developing new, internal and external communications among the BANC network and other area nonprofits; securing funding to ensure BANC’s sustainability; and engaging the public in BANC’s efforts through public forums, traditional and social media, and volunteerism.

The position is funded by Environmental Funders Network to support Quality of Place goals which will allow BANC to take important steps forward in its mission of helping area nonprofits enhance organizational efficiency, expand fundraising opportunities, strengthen impact in the community, improve ability to meet organizational mission and build trust and capacity in the community.

 “Bethel has an exceptionally dynamic group of non-profits that have a lot to do with how amazing this community is. It’s exciting to have the Environmental Funders Network recognize that, and I’m looking forward to helping BANC shape its future.  We want BANC to be an inclusive group that represents a wide cross-section of the community.  Its potential really is greater than the sum of its parts,” said Perkins.

Among her first priorities is to create a BANC website which will feature BANC member organizations, a community calendar which can be accessed and edited by BANC members, a discussion forum, a new email address for BANC and much more. An announcement will be released when the new site is launched. BANC membership, for annual dues of $25, is open to all area nonprofits; a 501(c)3 designation is not required.

For more information contact Perkins at: 207-754-8158 or write to

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