Week 5

This week proved to be a busy week for our group–however we can’t call it a productive one. Besides myself, our group could not make it to Thursdays meeting: Veronica was absent because of her play practice; Katie was doing some sort of leadership seminar; My’Asja was on an errand for prom. Even I could only stay for 20 minutes because I had to check out where prom would reside this year. In addition, our community lost a friend and so everyone was focussed on other things. However, because we need to catch up, Veronica and I arranged to have a meeting tomorrow where we will finish up our “cold calls” and get organized. I feel although I did not get a lot done this week, I learned a important lesson in managing time. Sometimes we can’t get everything done and that’s okay as long as we make time for it in the future.

Week Four

What is so great about this program is that we are not only helping people through our organizations, we are also learning great skills for ourselves. During week four, we were pushed out of our comfort zones. In addition to selecting some key organizatons we want to focuss on, we were also assigned to “cold call” them ( calling the organizations sponaneously and without any notice at all). I really felt this is a daunting assignment. I don’t have a lot of self-confidence or experience with these kinds of tasks. And in additon, the people we are calling are very important people who are high up in their organization. I am afraid to mess-up. However, after watching Veronica, I felt better about the assignment. She was the first to go. She called COMPASS and successfully got them to agree to coming to class. Her success was really encouraging. I personally have yet to go, but I am making it a self-goal to call at least one organization, because I think this will be a good oppurtunity to work on my speaking skills and confidence. Besides cold calling, we also have to work on fundraising. This week, My’Asja and Katie were added to our group, which I am really happy about. I think they will make good contributions to our team. Overall, everything is going pretty smoothly.

Week 5

I contacted a woman from the Quantum House this week and she is interested in coming to the panel and speaking to our class. I told her all about our ideas and interest in volunteering and investing. My group is now waiting on answers from the two other non profits we have contacted. This week we are going to start going to places such as Swirls and Duffy’s to ask if we can fundraise with them.

Week 5

This week, our group focused and gave some good thought in to what non-profit organizations we would like to see at the discussion panel. This panel discussion will give us some insight as to which organizations we would like to donate the money we fund raise to. After researching some local organizations as well as some larger and more nationally recognized organizations, we narrowed it down to a few. Our group really likes the idea of helping out a county food bank or food pantry, but we are also very much interested in the non-profit called feeding children everywhere. The great thing about both of these options is the fact that we can be more involved in the process as opposed to just donating money. With Feeding Children Everywhere, we can use the money we fund raised to hold a “hunger project” in our community. This means that we get to directly package and ship the meals we make to local communities or areas around the world. The food that is packaged is really nutritious and aims to not only give people the sustenance they need, but also the essential nutrients they need in their diet. This process is really interesting and I am truly beginning to realize the complexities of running a non-profit organization.

Week 4

Although I was not able to attend the entirety of the Week 4 meeting, my group filled me in on all of what I missed. While I was at the meeting, the groups were solidified and our group was solidified as a six person team consisting of myself, Ali, Annelise, Taylor, Jordie and Dylan. We shared our name ideas between groups and we officially coined the group name the “Hunger Heroes”. We proceeded to talk a little about our goals and from there we developed both a mission statement and a vision statement. Ultimately, our group really just wants to make an impact in our local community and possibly on a larger scale, and we all wish to raise awareness of the problem. Hunger is a relevant issue that many people in Palm Beach County face. I do not think many people truly understand how prevalent it is. After we came up with our Mission and Vision statements, we took a look at some 990 forms and learned a little more about the non-profit organization Feeding Children Everywhere. We decided, from the information that we reviewed about where the money they received goes, to contact the group. We received a positive response, and hopefully a representative of the company will be able to attend the panel discussion.

My group is focusing on fundraising for 3 different non-profit organizations such as The Arc School, the Quantum House, and the Palm Beach Habilitation Center. We made calls to each of these organizations and are waiting to hear back from them. It was interesting to see the different numbers because it is crazy to see how many important organizations don’t get enough support. I hope that we can give these organizations the support that they deserve.

Week 4

We are focusing on 3 organization that specialize in people with mental and physical disabilities. The 3 non profits are Palm Beach Habilitation Center INC, Quantum House, and The Arc School. Each of these are organizations that we would be interested in doing volunteer work and investing our money in. We have been looking up their form 990s and looking at their numbers to see if they are good organizations to invest in. Also, I have contacted a women at the Quantum House to come to our panel next Thursday to see if we want to invest in their non profit.

Week 4

This week we look at a a sample IRS From 990. I did not realize how difficult and complicated it would be. I am apart of a non-profit now and did not realize how much much be recorded each year and how important it is to make sure the numbers stay on track. I researched the Arc School of Palm Beach County on http://nccs.urban.org because this organization was not on guidesar.com. I learned that this organization puts 76.17% of their total expenses to specific programs which is a good number to have, but could be higher. Also, I learned that the organizations only puts 18.68% of their expenses to the management. It was interesting to see that the organization only puts 5.15% of their expenses to fundraising. In a way this is a good thing so the majority of their money is not taken out in order to fund raise money. So, I can confer that they receive a lot of donations to help them survive. However, if my calculations are correct, the organization would only be able to survive for 1.78 months. This is not a good number to have because an organization should be able to survive for a long amount of time. We have yet to contact them and ask if they would like to come to a class. But, I think we are set on this school to be our organization.

Week 4

During our research on veteran non-profits I learned about the ways that organizations work to help veterans who are home from war. A local non-profit has a retreat for veterans who have suffered from both physical and mental issues to go to. I also learned that many veterans go without the psychiatric help that is needed and struggle to find ways to make money in order to pay for everyday life. It is important to look at the numbers before making an investment because the numbers will let you know how responsible and successful a non-profit is and if it is worth investing your money to.

Week 3

This week in philanthropy club we did the brown paper bag assignment. Everyone in the club had to bring in a brown paper bag with three things that they believed described themselves. I brought a book, a candle, and a paintbrush. I brought a book because reading was a big part of my life while I was growing up. I used to bring a book with me everywhere I went. There are tons of pictures of me as a child sitting at a table at a restaurant reading. I brought the candle because I am a big fan of aromatherapy. I think that candles are a great way to wind down and relax, and I always use one when I am stressed out. I brought the paint brush because I love art. Until this year, I always took an art class in school. I took a painting class out of school when I was in third and fourth grade, and my family still has a few paintings that I made hanging around the house. I was really surprised to found how many people brought similar items to mine. Veronica actually brought the exact same items as me, a candle, a book and a paintbrush. It just shows that many of my peer are much more similar to me than I expected.