Wow, has it been an eventful year for the Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge!
Starting a nonprofit is no easy task, and we are thankful to have had so many partners and mentors guiding us along the journey.
During the 2020-2021 academic year, we worked with a group of law students through the Penn State Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic on entity formation, crafting a purpose statement, drafting our bylaws, and so much more. Their advice and support through the process of getting this organization up off the ground has been a crucial element of our foundation.
We are so grateful for the guidance of the Berks County Community Foundation Jump Start Incubator, which provided us an office and amenities that would have otherwise been out of our reach financially. The staff at BCCF have generously shared their knowledge and resources to help us be successful as we continue to grow in pursuit of our mission.
BCCF also connected us with the O’Pake institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship and a powerful team of Alvernia University students centered on helping us with a number of projects this spring semester, including performing a financial analysis, drafting human resource policies and job descriptions, marketing services and much more. It’s such a delight to meet with these smiling faces to brainstorm avenues to reach our goals!
And while we’ve been quiet locally, we’re working behind the scenes diligently. We even had some media appearances in November 2020 related to the Thanksgiving narrative. We are so thankful to Dr. Amanda Morris of Kutztown University for connecting us to media inquiries for an Indigenous perspective on Thanksgiving. We’re also delighted that Dr. Morris has accepted a position on our growing Board of Directors!
Stay tuned for an important announcement coming up soon…