Learning the ropes

Hello everyone!

It is strange to think that the summer has just begun. In just one week I’ve been able to meet so many exceptional people that are passionate about what they do (other Summer Fellows, coworkers, and clients). There are 9 weeks left of this amazing 10-week journey with The Columbus Foundation and my host site, GroundWork group. I’m looking forward to sharing each one with you.

It’s hard to explain all of what GroundWork group does in one short blog post. Their mission is “to strengthen the ability of nonprofits to achieve their missions.” What does that mean exactly? They are a nonprofit who help other nonprofits. They have an awesome nonprofit management database software that they can customize to any client. They develop modern web site designs that fit the needs of today’s fast-paced world. They provide education opportunities for nonprofits on how to better utilize their technology. They offer IT board member development and strategic IT planning. I’m still trying to wrap my head around all the different things they do, the ones I’ve already mentioned and more!

This week, I was able to shadow different people around the office to learn more about what they do, attend strategic meetings, start the research for my project (more to come on that later), and even go to an offsite website design pitch to a potential client. It’s amazing getting the opportunity to work at an organization where so many different elements are happening at once. I not only get to see how nonprofits work from the perspective of my host site, but also from the perspective of the 120+ nonprofits that make up their clientele.

I look forward to all the new learning opportunities to come and hope everyone had a great week.

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” Albert Einstein

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My current view

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The GroundWork group office

 

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