Unique Places To Save Wins Forrest Firm Social Impact Challenge
The Forrest Firm, a certified B corporation and business law firm serving North Carolina businesses, executives, entrepreneurs, and investors, has announced Unique Places To Save as one of five 2018 winners statewide of its third annual Social Impact Challenge.
The Forrest Firm Social Impact Challenge, launched in 2016 as the Non-Profit Challenge, aims to help social entrepreneurs launch and sustain community-driven organizations. The initiative is part of the firm’s B Corp mission to lift the communities where the firm’s attorneys and professional staff live and work. Currently, the Forrest Firm operates eight offices across the state, including Raleigh, Durham, Wilmington, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Asheville, and in Unique Places To Save’s hometown of Chapel Hill.
Winners of the Social Impact Challenge, which included non-profits and faith-based organizations in Wilmington, Durham, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte, will receive pro bono legal services from the Forrest Firm, as well as business services from participating prize partners. Unique Places To Save will receive digital proposal services from Proposa, as well as visual marketing from digital agency Creative Allies.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be named as one of the five winners of the Forrest Firm Social Impact Challenge,” said Unique Places To Save Executive Director David Harper. “Having a great legal team like the Forrest Firm enables us to think more strategically about fulfilling our mission, knowing they are protecting our interests from a risk management perspective. Since they are the only firm operating in our state as a certified B corporation, we know they have an even greater stake in the success of our organization and other non-profits. This investment in Unique Places To Save will help us continue the remarkable growth of our organization in recent years.”
“We are particularly excited about working with the teams at Proposa and Creative Allies, a pair of digital sales and marketing leaders,” said Associate Director Christina Vad, who spearheads Unique Places To Save’s marketing efforts. “These relationships will help us build on the momentum we’ve achieved in modernizing the organization’s marketing with the launch of our new website and commitment to social media and email outreach.”
Unique Places To Save was founded to move beyond barriers to address unmet needs in the fields of natural and cultural heritage, farming, community, and technology. To meet these challenges, the organization takes an entrepreneurial approach uncommon in the non-profit world, developing creative solutions that also meet the speed of marketplace demands and opportunities.
In the last two years, Unique Places To Save has made strategic investments in community assets like Honeysuckle Tea House and Farm and the Keith Arboretum and Farmhouse, both located in rural Orange County. With its work on these two properties, UP2Save is creating community-supported agriculture opportunities and cultivating a chemical-free arboretum and forest featuring more than 3,400 distinct species of temperate, woody trees and shrubs. At both properties, the leadership team at the organization is educating local citizens, especially schoolchildren, on the importance of creating greater bonds among people and the land that sustains them.
In nearby Mebane, the organization has partnered with Unique Places Real Estate and the Town of Mebane to develop a town park on the former Cates Farm property. Across North Carolina, UP2Save is working with various partners on a network of conservation easements to protect streams and wetlands for generations to come.
Current fundraising projects at Unique Places To Save include the Virtual Tree Experience, which will develop learning tools using augmented reality and virtual reality, as well as the new natural playground project for children to better enjoy their experience at Honeysuckle Tea House.
The growing team at Unique Places To Save includes Harper and Vad, as well as Director of Horticulture Becca Wait and Land Steward Ryan Smith.
For more information on the Forrest Firm Social Impact Challenge, an annual initiative to promote social entrepreneurism in North Carolina, visit www.forrestfirm.com/social-impact-challenge.