About the Biz
- Company Name: Eagle Rock Camp
- Who we talked with: Lynn Marilla, Founder and Chief Executive Camper
- Year established: 2011
- How to find them: www.eaglerockcamp.org
- Socialize: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Get to know Eagle Rock Camp
In everything we do, we believe in strengthening, encouraging, and supporting our military families who live with the stressors of long-term deployments and the visible, invisible, and moral wounds of war. We do this with holistic, 6-day, 5-night retreats that set them on a path of healing and restoring HOPE for long-term success both as individuals and as a strong family unit.
As a business owner, what resource organizations have helped you along the way, and how?
We collaborate with multiple organizations. Our partnership with Lydia Towery at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and the Foundation Center have helped us set a solid foundation and sustainability for future growth development.
What made you realize a need for a program like Eagle Rock Camp?
With friends and family serving in the military, I’ve seen first hand their struggles of long-term separations and living with the visible, invisible, and moral wounds of war. There is a song with the lyrics of “God why don’t you do something! He replied, ‘I did. I created you.’”
What unexpected challenges did you face in the nonprofit startup process, and what did you do to overcome them?
As a former business owner, I thought I was prepared with a good skill set to start up and work in a nonprofit. This world is so different that I was caught a bit off-guard. I immediately sought out resources like the Foundation Center at CharMeck Library and starting learning. I also reached out to other nonprofits for advice and coaching.
What advice would you give someone wanting to start a nonprofit?
To seek the coaching of experienced nonprofit leaders by attending workshops and have a good sense of running a business. Being able to tell your story in a compelling way is critical to fundraising. Most of all, hire and surround yourself with positive people who know what they are doing. DO NOT be a do-it-yourself operation. Be mission focused and not distracted. Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate. DO NOT have your friends on your Board of Directors. Seek top talent for your Board.