Gaining credibility in the nonprofit world is a fascinating process. While I am constantly learning, and the model is always getting better, there is little substantive difference between the Reach model now and the model as it stood last week. However, our fundraising success in the past week makes us suddenly more legitimate as an organization. When it rains, it pours. Building on our success from the last seven days, we look forward to moving forward to gather the resources necessary to make Reach a reality.
- Currently, I’m working on the fellowship application for Echoing Green. This organization provides funding and support for promising social entrepreneurs. While I clearly would like to be selected, I am also enjoying the application process. It really forces a leader to think about the problem, the proposed solution, the connection between those two things, and your personal dedication to the work. I know myself, and Reach, better for having worked through this application.
- Additionally, I received an e-mail today encouraging me to explore a new business plan competition sponsored by the Milken Family Foundation and The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. This competition will force Reach to focus on realistic financial models and growth strategies, both key factors in organizational success.