CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — For the more than 300 active charitable organizations registered in Cape May County, the new Nonprofit Resource Center at Atlantic Cape Community College’s southern campus will be so much more.
“The problem we have are the limited resources to be able to focus on development,” said David Mackenzie, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Community Arts in Cape May.
Mackenzie, 72, of Cape May, was one of the many nonprofit operators in attendance for the resource center’s grand opening Friday.
Mackenzie said the many youth-arts programs the center operates are funded by grants from a number of sources, but many of them are legacy grants. Having the ability to find new grants will give the center a chance to expand its offerings.
“That’s where this center will be a big help,” he said.
The new resource center is sponsored by the Mullock family and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. The center’s main attraction is free access to the Funding Information Network, a hub for fundraising information and grant research. Users can log on and search for grants, get one-on-one help from the Funding Information Network and receive information on how to start a nonprofit.
Maria Kellett, 58, dean of the Cape May County campus, said the college wanted to provide this resource in the county because the area is a hub for nonprofits.
“There are a plethora of nonprofits here, as well as part of our plan for this campus is to make it more accessible and relevant for this county,” she said.
Kellett said more than 600 nonprofits are registered in the county, of which about half are very active. She said Atlantic Cape approached local philanthropist Bob Mullock, an Atlantic Cape Foundation honorary board member, to help fund the center.
“I thought that was such a great idea,” said Mullock, 68, of Cape May Point. “Because of all their hard work, it’s become a reality.”
Mullock said contributing to Atlantic Cape is a way to provide opportunity for people in Cape May County, which has a high unemployment rate and a need for resources.
The center is located in the library named for his family.
“It’s the start of something very, very special,” Mullock said.