I have worked for non-profits and served on non-profit boards for almost forty years. Without hesitation I can tell you that I have never experienced a nonprofit with a compassionate heart and soul such as Hopa Mountain. This is a tough time to work in the nonprofit world, in this country, when many fingers - some very few rightfully so - point to the waste or enabling some nonprofits are responsible for. This is not the case with Hopa Mountain. Hopa Mountain gives 100% to give nonprofits in service to the neediest populations the tools and resources they need to help their people. The compassion they have for their communities and their clients is palpable, and their services are delivered with respect and humility. This nonprofit is human-scale, human-based and makes a difference - a REAL difference - at the grass roots. Hopa clients become like a family, and we are all encouraged to succeed and help others succeed. It is an incredible organization, and I am so glad they exist - they make the world a better place.
The executive director and I, as chairman of the board of a local non profit in Cheyenne country, were chosen as part of the first Circle gathering. What a great training to have so many diverse groups stepping up to help natives do good work in their communities. We have continued those relationships and have greatly benefitted. As with many other organizations, we would have never been able to afford their services. For me personally it was gratifying that when something was suggested- Hopa Mtn and crew listened and then took action to make it happen. They ask, how can we help and then DO it!! If you ever get the chance to meet Bonnie you will know exactly what I mean. If you want to start a non profit-here is a great place to start and with great people.