My name is Danielle Francis and I am a senior at The Ohio State University studying Early and Middle Childhood Studies. I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work as a fundraising and development fellow for Catholic Social Services.
“Motivated by faith, Catholic Social Services helps poor and vulnerable seniors and families reach their potential.”
Catholic Social Services works to achieve this mission through a variety of services and locations across Central and Southern Ohio. They provide counseling and supportive services to families, a companion to seniors so they may keep their independence, supportive services to seniors, and many other services to the community members. These services are able to be provided through the efforts of donors and supporters of the organization.
The Spirit of Hope Gala is one of the organization’s annual fundraiser that brings people together to support the various causes and services Catholic Social Services provides. It will be held at the Columbus Museum of Art on March 5, 2016. This is where the majority of my time and energy will be focused during my Fellowship. I will be working alongside the Director of Mission Advancement as well as the Development Manager to make this event a success. I have been working on organizing a list of businesses and supporters to be invited to join the event as well as comprising a list of possible auction item donors. I will continue to work on both of these efforts as well as other tasks as the Gala approaches.
I have enjoyed my time with the organization thus far and cannot wait to see what else is in store for me with this wonderful opportunity. It is rewarding to know that all of the efforts that are put into making this event a success have such a powerful impact on the over 11,000 people the organization serves throughout the year.