Non-Profit: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition
Purpose: This agency was founded 34 years ago in 1978 by a small dedicated group of Quakers wanting to promote peace, equality and save havens for victims of domestic violence. The vision is very much the same. Since that time, DVSAC has been the primary resource for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in western Nevada County.
Funding: State and Federal grants are our primary source of funds
Web Page: http://www.DVSAC.orgdvsac.org
What is your mission statement?
To offer resources for building healthy relationships and to work with community partners to provide services for healing the effects of interpersonal violence.
How many paid employees do you have?
15 paid employees
What is your nonprofit’s history?
DVSAC has served Western Nevada County in Northern California since 1978, first as a community group — the Battered Women’s Alliance — and since 1980 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
Initially known as the Domestic Violence Coalition, it was formed to offer crisis intervention and safe housing services to the victims of domestic violence and their families in Nevada County. Within a few years, DVSAC also began offering counseling and advocacy services to survivors of sexual assault.
Who is your primary audience?
Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their families
List the biggest achievements in your nonprofit’s history:
1. Emergency shelter addition to our services in 2000
2. Development of a strong Prevention and Outreach program over the last 10 years
List the biggest challenges you face:
1. We continue to seek and secure funds to stabilize services
2. We wish to expand our shelter to be able to provide more bed nights for those clients and families that need emergency housing
What is your No. 1 short-term goal for the next year?
Establish mental health collaborations in our community to better serve our clients who struggle with interpersonal violence and the mental health challenges that often coincide.
What is your No. 1 long-term goal for the next three years?
Expand our emergency shelter space and capabilities
What are your major fundraisers and dates?
Daddy Daughter Dance – Feb. 1, 2013
Nevada County Penny Pitch – June 29, 2013
What is the best way a person interested in your organization could help?
• Donate by mail or online
• Donate materials and supplies
• Special events
• Use our e-Script community and SHARES cards
The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition is a member of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, which provides the weekly Know Your Nonprofit feature. You can learn more about The Center for Nonprofit Leadership online at http://www.CNLSierra.org.
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