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Everything about my SVP Fast Pitch experience was fantastic. As soon as I heard about the opportunity, it sounded like exactly what Women’s Empowerment needed to gain some valuable feedback and meet new people. We got all of that, and much, much more.
Last Friday marked my tenth day as the Foundation’s new Marketing Associate. It also marked the release of the Foundation’s BIG Day of Giving Report to the Community—so while all of my new colleagues reminisced about the exhausting, exhilarating day they had at the Foundation’s “BIG DoG Command Center” on May 5, I was remembering the day from a slightly different perspective: that of a nonprofit staff member.
The first full week in the new year is almost over! Resolutions are under way, but stats show it’s hard to follow through. StatisticBrain says that 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, yet only 8% of people are successful in achieving their goal.
My grandmother’s first job was that of schoolteacher in a country schoolhouse. She did many things after that, including a stint as a Rosie the Riveter at Boeing during World War II. In 1983, at the service honoring her long and storied life, my gramma’s great-nephew Tom told me that he had been one of her students in that country schoolhouse, more than a half-century earlier. He said that as soon as she recognized he was struggling with reading, she worked with him until he became a confident reader. By the time I met him, Tom was retired from a successful career in the Air Force that had taken him all over the world. He credited my grandmother — his second-grade teacher — with changing his life forever.
Many of you have probably heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has been all over social media in the past few weeks. I heard about it from a co-worker who said she thought of me when she read about it, so of course I had to get online and check out this phenomenon. I say what a great way to build awareness about ALS and raise much needed funds for our local ALS Association of Greater Sacramento Chapter.
“At least you won’t freeze to death.” That comment continues to haunt me on occasion as I reflect on it from time to time. It came from a gentleman who likely rolled off a Greyhound bus from Idaho last winter and somehow made his way to North Natomas in the wee hours one Saturday where I happened to be out on one of my power walks.
Last year during the Arts Day of Giving, it seemed like everyone was buzzing about the unknown yet top-performing Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corpsthat came out of nowhere and raised $16,000 and won $3,000 in prizes. Naturally, we wanted to see which new unknown organization would rise up and do very well during the BIG Day of Giving. At least from my perspective, that nonprofit was undoubtedly the Winters Friends of the Library (WFoL).
When I ask people to list some buzz words that describe the Sacramento Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps (view their GivingEdge profile), they tend to say things like: music, band, drum corps, dance, performing arts, youth activity, nonprofit, Asian heritage. Yet when you ask a person who has marched with the Mandarins, you get a completely different set of words, as if it were a completely different organization.
Orchestrating the BIG Day of Giving was a monstrous task. If I was to use this post to outline every step, every task, every meeting, it would no longer be a blog post, but a long and tedious novel – so I will spare you! While I and the team at the Foundation took these tasks head on, it certainly could not have happened without collaboration. I have heard people say how collaboration is hard, or that it’s easier to just do it all yourself. While there might be some nuggets of truth in those statements, I have to say that I don’t truly believe it – or rather – I refuse to. Collaborating, in all its forms, was one of the most rewarding aspects of working on the BIG Day of Giving.
Throughout the GivingEdge profile review process that took place earlier this year, I came across countless organizations that are making a positive impact in our region. Reading through the mission statements and program descriptions was truly inspirational and made me feel proud of my community and all the people that are committed to bettering this amazing place we call home. Needless to say, it was very difficult for me to choose just one nonprofit to highlight for the Foundation’s blog…but alas, it had to be done!
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