Monthly Archives: October 2009

Building…

My work falls nicely into three categories: organizational management, fundraising, and program design. I spend my hours either addressing these issues, or learning how I can address them more effectively. This week, we’ve had exciting events in all three categories. On Monday, I spent several hours in Kelly Emminger’s classroom at King Elementary School in […]

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The Intersection of Research and Practice.

On Friday night, I had the opportunity to speak at a fundraiser thrown by Julie O’Sullivan and Naomi Mezey, two law professors at Georgetown University Law Center. I always enjoy getting to explain Reach. Like most strong ideas, it tends to make sense when people hear the plan. Watching heads nod is always a great […]

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A Moment to Reflect.

I, like others, learn from failures. That certainly doesn’t make failing any more enjoyable. Tomorrow, I won’t get paid. This will be the first time that this has happened since Reach was founded. Most likely, payroll will just be delayed by a week or so, but that doesn’t make it feel any better as an […]

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Learning to Write…

On October 30th, Reach will submit its first major grant to The Junior League of Washington. Through this process, I learned an important lesson: I don’t know how to write grants. Fortunately, this week, I received the assistance of Sarah Cortes, a talented grant-writer from Eastern University. After receiving some substantive (and somewhat demoralizing) edits, […]

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Things.

1) I need to come up with about $1,500 by Wednesday to make payroll next Friday. I’m pretty confident at this point that it won’t happen. I’m okay with this, because… 2) We’re positioned well for the months to come.  I have about $3,000 in uncollected pledges. We have a private cocktail party fundraiser next […]

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What holiday?

DC is asleep today. Since it’s a federal holiday, things slow down tremendously. Much of my job involves communication with others, so holidays provide a nice opportunity for me to do some sustained work on my own, without interruptions. Two interesting firsts this week that I thought I could share on this slow day: 1) […]

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They Told Me So…

I sat in Professor Jim Honan’s Financial Management class last spring. I listened to him as he talked to us about cash flow issues.  Part of me thought it was just an issue of planning.  If you didn’t have cash on hand, then you hadn’t planned very well.  Currently, I find myself happy with our […]

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Looking Back at $20,000

As a graduate student planning to start a nonprofit, creating Reach’s first budget was somewhat intimidating.  To think about spending $50,000 during 2009, I had to think about raising that money.  Having never done significant development work before, I had no idea how difficult this task would be.  While the current economy presents known challenges, […]

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First Grade, Funding, and Friendraising…

I got to go back to first grade this week.  One of my goals for the year is to observe a lot of high quality literacy instruction.  As many of you know, I’ve always worked with teens, so elementary schools are new to me.  Ms. Sheehy and her first grade class at Hyde Elementary School […]

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