I love nonprofits.
There is something about nonprofits that inspires me to continue learning more about development. I always feel both encouraged and challenged when I walk through the doors of Columbus Collegiate Academy- Main Street.
This past week I submitted a $5,000 grant application sponsored by Lowe’s with the help of the amazing staff at CCA. This grant process allowed me to learn how CCA can best use this money and how we can best carry out this project. Through collaboration with our Alumni Services Coordinator and COO, we decided that CCA can use an Alumni Services Center where 8th graders and their families can learn more about how to best prepare for high school. Additionally, it can be used as a permanent space for alumni to come back and inspire the students at CCA. I learned about budgeting and using correct language throughout the grant application. After submitting this grant I became inspired to see how CCA at Dana Avenue could use an Alumni Services Center as well. I’m excited to see where this project leads me!
Another task of mine includes budgeting five different sponsorship levels (ranging from $1,500 to $30,000) for our second fundraising event called Launch Bash, which takes place on Friday, May 13th. I learned more about hard costs, marketing costs, brand affiliation, and activation and fulfillment costs. Next, I will follow up each sponsor’s email with their newly calculated sponsorship level so they can know exactly where their money is going.
As Launch Bash approaches, I have been finding ways to improve our social media so we can increase our presence. With the help of my friend, Caitlin, who works in communications at The James, I have been able to develop a social media strategy for all of our platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Hopefully we will gain more followers this Spring!
Here is a video trailer for our Launch Bash. I had the fortunate opportunity to participate in this video as a police officer and an astronaut!