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100 most influential leaders recognized this Friday

We’re excited to attend an event this Friday at the Atlantis Resort Casino, where 100 of the most influential people in Reno/Sparks will be recognized by Plum Influence Magazine.

Celebrate the courage and character of Reno with the 100 most influential people of our region.

The event recognizes leaders in the following categories:

  • Super Heroes
  • Business Owners & Industry Experts
  • Community Leaders
  • Foodies
  • Extraordinary neighbors
  • Charity Drivers
  • Artists and Icons
  • Scientists
  • Savvy Techs
  • Risk Takers and Visionaries

There are ten people within the ten different categories which make up the full list of 100 and only one of them will be awarded as the top influencer within their category.

We’ll be there to support our own Pete Parker and network with his fellow “most influential” leaders in our area. We encourage other to also buy a table and attend what expects to be an incredible networking opportunity, but also a showcase of everything positive in northern Nevada.

Here’s a link to see the Full Plum100 Listhttp://issuu.com/pluminfluencemagazine_reno/docs/plum100

Nevada Matters featured Plum 100 and their event on a recent radio show. Click here to listen to the 30-minute show.
Event Details
  • Plum100, The100 Most Influential People of Reno/Tahoe
  • Plum Influence Magazine
  • Friday, September 28, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)
  • Atlantis Resort Casino, Reno, NV

See you there!


Charitable resource for small business owners


As we’ve been working with local businesses on their community engagement, we’ve found that small business owners wish they could be more philanthropic. However, they face a number of challenges, no doubt beginning with time and financial resources, which prevent them from creating much of a storm in their giving.  What we’ve learned is that small business leaders…

  • Are typically not in positions to make significant, impact-driven charitable contributions;
  • Focus the vast majority of their attention on core business needs; far less on community and charitable outreach;
  • May not have the time or resources to identify deserving and specific community needs, when approached or when considering charitable contributions;
  • Might not have the budgets to cover the expenses with public relations; or, have relationships within local media; and,
  • Are always looking to create additional brand name awareness and recognition.

 After hearing these from small business owners time and time again, we decided to create a way for these leaders to make significant community impact without requiring major sacrifices in time and dollar. It didn’t take long for us to create a tool, blending innovation with compassion with connectivity to meet deserving community needs and drive attention to local businesses.

The result – the creation of the Community Catalyst Charitable Fund

Through the Fund, we now provide an exciting avenue for small businesses to become outstanding community supporters at a fraction of the time and cost. It removes any burden and stress and replaces it with a forward-thinking and properly executed system.

The fund enables small businesses to serve as strong community stewards and generate considerable public awareness through their benevolence. It provides tremendous value to participating small business leaders by…

  • Participating in an appealing and strategic giving model;
  • Being recognized as a major charitable contributor, as a result of the collective giving fund;
  • Increasing sales leads by generating public awareness through local and social media;
  • Receiving qualified information about community needs through a charitably-connected resource;
  • Establishing potential vendor and sales connections with fellow participating businesses;
  • Making wise donation decisions by utilizing a charity rating and screening mechanism;
  • Exposing your business and developing stronger relationships with community leaders; and,
  • Placing significant influence on distinct community impact and change.

We take great pride in creating avenues of leadership and financial support within our local charitable community. We accomplish our goals by creating strategies which adhere to our purpose for existence and our mission of enhancing and revolutionizing philanthropy. And, in the end, we really strive to create innovative opportunities for businesses to make meaningful charitable contributions and, in return, generate a great deal of community buzz.

If you’re interested in learning more about NPcatalyst or our Community Catalyst Charitable Fund, please visit our website, send an email to info@npcatalyst.com, or call 775-333-9444.


Washoe County volunteerism increases in 2010

The results are in. Volunteerism in Washoe County is on the rise! The federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) released the agency’s annual Volunteering in America research.

The stats can be found below. In fact, we took the liberty of illustrating the increases in volunteerism over the years.

Washoe County Volunteerism


2008 2009


Volunteer rate (%)


25.8 25.9


Volunteer hours per volunteer


42.0 45.2


Economic impact

$191 mil

na $266.5 mil

$375.1 mil


Nevada Volunteerism

Washoe 2010

Vegas 2010

Nevada 2010

Volunteer rate (%)




Volunteer hours per volunteer




Economic impact

$375.1 mil

$1.1 bil

$1.6 bil


The two statistics which highlight the grid indicate the growing philanthropic culture in Washoe County.

  • The average number of hours served by each volunteer increased from 45 to 60 in just one year.
  • The economic impact of our community’s volunteerism jumped to $375,100,000


Click here for the Washoe County volunteerism report


The report painted very promising growth for Washoe County, but there’s still a great deal of work to do. Our state still ranks last at a 20.6% volunteerism rate. With so many local charitable organizations seeking volunteer assistance and leadership, it’s just a matter of linking local residents to community needs.

Projects like Summer Of Service – Northern Nevada and organizations like Nevada Volunteers will continue to promote and inspire volunteerism in our area. Both should be contacted when seeking the many ways of becoming actively engaged in the community.

Blue Moon’s One Community grant fund

We’ve been working with Blue Moon Promotions to design and manage their One Community grant funding project. Their goal is to contribute upwards of $20,000 to local charitable organizations this October.

All community-benefit organizations in northern Nevada are invited to apply, but must apply using the official online application form. The form can be found at both http://www.bluemoonpromotions.com/ and our website, http://www.npcatalyst.com/.

For additional information, please contact Pete Parker at NPcatalyst at pparker@npcatalyst.com or 333-9444.

Below is a press release created by Blue Moon’s public relations agency, KPS3, which describes the project.

For Immediate Release

Date: August 10, 2011

Contact: Cortney Maddock KPS3

cortney@kps3.com (775) 686-7432

Applications for One Community Grant will be accepted beginning Aug. 15 

Blue Moon Promotions seeks local nonprofit organizations to apply for new grant 

RENO, Nev. — Blue Moon Promotions, northern Nevada’s premier advertising and promotional products supplier, has announced the creation of its One Community Grant to benefit northern Nevada nonprofit organizations. Blue Moon Promotions is inviting local nonprofits to apply for up to $20,000 in grant funding. Northern Nevada nonprofits can apply for the grant by visiting Blue Moon Promotions’ website, www.bluemoonpromotions.com, and fill out the One Community Grant application starting on Aug. 15.

Blue Moon Promotions, owned by Klaus and Kristin Grimm, has been giving back to the northern Nevada community for many years through donations, volunteering and community outreach. Donations already given in 2011 have benefited several local organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, Sage Ridge School, Step2 and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful. 

“We are lucky to live in a unique community like northern Nevada and we rely on each other to make this the best community it can possibly be, which is why we named it the One Community Grant,” Klaus said. “Blue Moon helps our local nonprofits continue the important work they do to meet our community’s ever-growing needs. We find it important to help support local nonprofits and by creating the One Community Grant, we are able to help these organizations to improve the quality of life in northern Nevada.”

Nonprofit organizations representing any sector are invited to apply for all or part of the $20,000 One Community Grant. Deadline to apply for the grant is Sept. 15 with awardees being notified on Oct. 15. For more information and to apply, visit www.bluemoonpromotions.com or www.npcatalyst.com, or call 775-333-9444.

NPcatalyst launches community volunteerism campaign

NPcatalyst launches community volunteerism campaign

Reno, Nev.— In an effort to increase volunteerism during the summer months, locally-based company NPcatalyst, has launched “Summer Of Service – Northern Nevada.” Running from June through August, this campaign provides local residents with direct access to hundreds of volunteer opportunities through a specially-designed website, http://www.summerofservicenv.com/.

The campaign is the first of its kind and has already generated more buzz than anticipated. “We designed the campaign to increase the number of northern Nevadans who volunteer for local causes and organizations,” states Pete Parker, managing partner of NPcatalyst. “What we’re finding is a strong convergence of non-profits, businesses, media leaders, and schools sharing their enthusiasm. It’s incredibly inspiring.”

Nevada’s low rank in comparison to other states, where roughly one of five Nevadans volunteer, is one reason for the campaign. The other is that NPcatalyst, a local philanthropic solutions company, received a large number of inquiries from school leaders, students, and business professionals seeking volunteer positions.

While the volunteerism campaign invites all residents to participate, considerable emphasis is being placed on students and tourists. “Volunteering is a great activity for high school students because it gives us the opportunity to acquire new skills, interact with new people, and if necessary, meet our mandatory service requirements,” states Alexis Garduno, a Sage Ridge School senior.

Targeting the area’s visitors for volunteer service is a new concept, but one which the NPcatalyst team sees tremendous potential. “We see thousands of people pass through our area each summer; each one possessing great talents and new ideas,” notes Parker. “By inviting them to volunteer, we’re helping provide service to local events and adding new supporters to our non-profits; plus, these visiting volunteers will become more familiar with our people, cultures, and community needs.” Parker believes in travel philanthropy so much that he created the term “VoluntourismNN”, representing voluntourism to the power of northern Nevada.

Everyone is invited to participate in the campaign and there’s absolutely no financial cost, just a contribution of time to the organization of each person’s choice. To learn more about the Summer Of Service campaign, visit http://www.summerofservicenv.com/. The site features a community service blog, business leader endorsements, and ways to get involved. Through a working relationship with Nevada Volunteers, the site also lists over 100 available volunteer positions. The number is projected to escalate to over 200 positions, based on the outstanding participation of our local non-profit organizations.




NPcatalyst, LLC is a Reno-based company which provides philanthropic solutions to businesses and local charitable organizations. Our charter is to set the standard of philanthropic excellence through effective and value-driven best practices. This is fostered by facilitating an ecosystem between non-profit organizations and their corporate and individual supporters, fueled by active community support and engagement.


Pete Parker, NPcatalyst

775-333-9444 / pparker@npcatalyst.com

Sierra Nevada Journeys earns “strong” charity rating


Sierra Nevada Journeys, a local non-profit organization providing experiential learning opportunities to children, recently received a “strong” charity score from NPcatalyst. The score recognizes the organization as a “strong” candidate for charitable support, based on its scoring in five areas of operational performance.

NPcatalyst, a Reno-based philanthropic solutions company, rates non-profit organizations using an elaborate analysis of operational efficiencies and procedures. The rating system addresses five key management indicators to derive a true analysis of the organization’s effectiveness.

“We’re proud to award Sierra Nevada Journeys, our most recent HealthCheck participant, with a ‘strong’ rating. The locally-based organization was very interested in receiving a charity rating, as a means of improving performance and leveraging it for increased support.” says Pete Parker, NPcatalyst’s managing partner.

Initially unsure about how the HealthCheck tool would impact his organization, Jonathan Mueller, SNJ’s executive director soon realized the long-lasting value. “What I’m coming to understand about the value of this Healthcheck process is not necessarily the rating itself (though that’s important), but the best-practices it ends up prompting. To that end NPCatalyst is doing great work ensuring that we’re adhering to those best practices.”

A profile illustrating the charity rating can be found on the NPcatalyst website, located at www.NPcatalyst.com. For additional information on the HealthCheck program, contact NPcatalyst at 775-333-9444.

NPcatalyst releases Corporate Giving Resource Guide



NPcatalyst releases a Corporate Giving Resource Guide

Reno, Nev.— Giving back to charity, when coordinated in a strategic manner, generates positive and measured corporate growth. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of businesses in northern Nevada have adopted strategic giving plans. NPcatalyst, a Reno-based company specializing in the design and facilitation of philanthropic solutions, has released a ‘Corporate Giving Resource Guide’ to help local businesses generate growth through charity.

“We’ve noticed achievements such as increased revenue, wider reach, retained leadership, greater public image, and strengthened relationships in businesses which craft giving strategies” according to Pete Parker, Managing Partner of NPcatalyst. “Successful companies are aligning their community engagement of volunteerism and financial support with business strategies, customer and vendor relationships, and target markets.”

The resource guide took months to design, but it’s released during a period when northern Nevada business leaders are addressing the area’s economic future. “Last year, nonprofit organizations located in Washoe County generated $1.4 billion in revenue – providing a significant impact on the local economy. Imagine the impact when the philanthropic decisions of businesses and their leaders are strategic, measured and performance-driven?” asks Parker.

The resource guide is available at no cost and can be found on the NPcatalyst website, located at www.NPcatalyst.com. For additional information on how to implement the best practices found in the guide into your business, contact NPcatalyst at 775-333-9444.

Click here for a link to the Corporate Giving Resource Guide.



NPcatalyst, LLC is a Reno-based company which provides philanthropic solutions to non-profit organizations and their supporters. Our charter is to set the standard of philanthropic excellence through effective and value-driven best practices. This is fostered by facilitating an ecosystem between non-profit organizations and their corporate and individual supporters, fueled by active community support and engagement.



Pete Parker, NPcatalyst

775-333-9444 / pparker@npcatalyst.com

Angel Kiss Foundation


I feel extraordinarily fortunate. I have a job, live in a nice home in a great city, share experiences with amazing people and am flexible enough to keep fit and donate my time to the community. Most importantly, I am the father of two very special children. They certainly got the best of their parent’s best attributes…intelligence (at least their mother’s!), courteous, caring, self-sufficient, athletic and healthy. Words cannot truly validate how fortunate we all are.

However, there are many children who are battling obstacles of varying natures and degrees. When I was executive director of the American Heart Association, I saw this on a daily basis…fighting to raise money to fund research. In my current role as Board President of the Angel Kiss Foundation, I learn of stories and family needs regularly. In my opinion, need is need and no dollar amount can truly be affixed to each family’s situation. They’re all scary, difficult and uncertain. What’s nice is that there’s hope.

The Angel Kiss Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation, exists to provide funding and emotional support to families caring for children fighting cancer. We consider each of our “clients” as members of our own family, because we work together to provide support to each family.

Since our families travel to northern California for treatment, they’re forced to cover unexpected travel, lodging, meal and other costs. At the same time, they’re forced to take care of matters relating to their employment, schools, bills…everyday stuff. Having the Angel Kiss Foundation as a resource, our families can place a greater amount of focus on what’s really important…their children.

This summer marks my third year on the board. During that time, we’ve helped over 100 families and provided nearly $300,000 in financial assistance (overall: 211 families with $615,000). But, this is just the beginning. Despite the tough economy, our board is steadfast in our quest to increase our funding as much as we can. Angel Kiss is able to provide funding to families as a result of its own funding initiatives. These include annual giving, grantwriting and event fundraising.

Our annual event, now known as Angel Kiss’s Paddle for Pediatric Cancer is scheduled for Saturday, June 20 at Wingfield Park, located in downtown Reno. This unique event begins with a river rafting experience, where nearly 200 people will navigate in single, 2-man, 4-man and 8-man rafts along a 2.2 mile stretch of the Truckee River. Many dress in theme…all with special team names…and enjoy a non-competitive “race” experience. Upon arrival, the rafters and the entire community will enjoy a music festival featuring five live, local bands. Tantalizing their taste buds will be food provided by local vendors…at no cost to Angel Kiss. Guests may also visit our Garden of Hope, where they can participate in an auction and walk away with a handmade flower. All in all, it’s a great family experience and open to the entire community.

We’ve created a new giving vehicle this year and we’re calling it a Paddle-a-Thon. Similar to team pages associated with other organizations like Heart, Leukemia and others, individuals and raft teams…anyone…can create giving pages to help raise funds. I’ve created one and am reaching out to family and friends to help raise $1,000. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it represents roughly four months of support to one of our families. To me, that’s a great amount of support. I would love to actually raise $3,000 to reach one year’s worth of support.

If you’re reading this, I encourage you to reach out to Angel Kiss Foundation and offer support…whether it’s as a volunteer, donor or festival participant. You’re certainly invited to contribute to Angel Kiss through my team page (seen below).

If you just want to have fun on a nice, warm Saturday afternoon (it’s the Summer Solstice!), just head downtown to our big party. We’ll welcome you with a smile, just as we’ll do with the other 1,000 people in attendance.

Lastly, if you’re the parent of a young person who’s being treated for cancer in Northern Nevada and their eastern Sierras, call the Angel Kiss Foundation today. We provide support to all families who have children in treatment…we don’t discriminate.

Here’s our contact information…

Angel Kiss Foundation