The month of December was a very exciting and busy time at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus pertaining to all the end of the year work, all the decorating and gift wrapping, and the best part, the Holiday Parties!
Before the holidays, I spent time creating a gift acceptance policy draft. This required me to apply my research in a practical manner. Creating a gift acceptance policy is not any easy task, it consisted of frequent checking and correcting from Hilary. Before studying and actually working with these policies I didn’t realize how many different types of gifts have to be included. This includes but is not limited to gifts of cash, tangible personal property, intangible personal property, marketable securities, planned gifts, bequests, retirement plan beneficiary designations, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, and life insurance policies and proceeds. It becomes very extensive because each gift type is accompanied with an individual policy and guidelines for administration.
I am very fortunate to have had an opportunity to attend a meeting with our Director of Development Hilary Blakemore, our CEO
Rebecca Asmo, a Board Member, and a representative from the Columbus Foundation to discuss fund options. The meeting comprised of a very enlightening and informative conversation. I was able to learn so much from listening to such intelligent people converse, and was even able to participate.
Also a few weeks prior I got to attend an AFP event at the Columbus Foundation getting to hear Kim Klein speak and also getting a great opportunity to network and meet professionals around the Columbus area.
I ended the month and semester of work with an amazing night at our Holiday Party. It was a very successful night with all the money raised for the Clubs! I got a chance to meet and get to know several different Board Members. My favorite part, I was also able to spend time with some kids from our South Side club and embarrass myself dancing with them! (Pictures included from the Holiday Party)