My name is Taylor Weis, I am a senior at Ohio Wesleyan University. I am fortunate to be serving as the fundraising/development fellow for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus. I have a history with the Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC) as I interned with BGC of Alachua County in Gainesville, Fl this past summer. As an intern I worked directly with the kids on a daily basis teaching fitness classes every morning, teaching the program SMART girls, coaching the baseball team, and many other fun activities. I had a wonderful experience there and really fell in love with the organization.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus provide affordable after school and summer programming to youth ages 6 through 18. Our Clubs offer a safe and positive environment for kids to spend non-school hours, and also provides various extra-curricular activities. Our mission statement is “To empower young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.”
As the fundraising/development fellow I will be working with the director of development, the CEO, and the board to set up the policies and plans behind their endowment fund. I spent my first few weeks learning in depth information and history about the Boys and Girls Club of America. I also spent time learning about Boys and Girls Club of Columbus in particular, through reading and interaction. I got the opportunity to visit and tour all seven of the Columbus Club locations, meet the Club staff, and interact with the kids. After the introduction phase I started intensive research regarding my project. Some of this research includes gift acceptance policies, investment policies, spending rules, and policies for accepting bequests.
I am very thankful for this promising opportunity to help develop such a substantial organization that makes a profound impact on youth in the Greater Columbus Community!
Stay tuned for more updates on my work and experience!