Each year Bele Chere partners with more than 25 non-profit agencies from Western North Carolina to help facilitate critical components of the festival. We work with Western North Carolina’s non-profit organizations in multiple ways. The desired amount of participation that you would like to give Bele Chere can be customized to fit the needs and capacity of your organization. As a 501(c)3 organization, you can organize an activity for the kids in the Children’s Area, host a booth within the festival to educate festival attendants about your mission, or fundraise through selling shuttle passes, wristbands, and beverages. It is through our collaboration that we are able to enhance the quality of life for all of Asheville’s citizens and its guests.
Children’s Area Activities
Working in the Children’s Area is the easiest and fastest way for non-profits to contribute to Bele Chere. In exchange for providing a simple interactive activity and a minimum of two volunteers, your organization will have the opportunity to share information related to your organization and its mission while also working hands-on in Bele Chere’s mission to facilitate art and creativity with the youth who attend the festival.
Having a booth at Bele Chere is an effective way to push out your message. Being able to connect with festival attendants is a multi-dimensional opportunity to engage possible future stakeholders in your organization. As a featured non-profit with a booth space, your organization can display a donation box or hold a fundraising raffle; however you cannot sell merchandise.
In order to be obtain an non-profit booth for the festival, the organization must have a 501(c)3 Federal Tax Status and have an office located within Western North Carolina. Western North Carolina is defined by these counties: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Haywood, Henderson, Graham, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Jackson, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Yancey, and Watauga.
Non-profit organizations can organize volunteers to work at beverage stations, wristband booths, Bele Chere merchandise booths, and shuttle stops. If your organization decides to use the festival as an opportunity to fundraise, it will receive either a percentage of net profits or a flat fee. Bele Chere 2011 contributed over $40,000 to local non-profits for their efforts and assistance.