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I spent 6 years in Minneapolis mentoring some pretty amazing kids, and I (perhaps somewhat selfishly) wanted to find a similar opportunity here in the Triangle.
Lisa Jemison, Director of Programming at The Foundation (who put countless hours of hard work into preparing this event), notes that the organization has always had a “desire to foster a culture of giving.” As a whole, The Foundation is committed to working toward the greater good and encouraging the community to do so as well.
I wasn’t sure whether I would be a good fit, whether what I had to offer would be taken seriously.
I have been reassured by Trudy Smith, Executive Director of the Executive Service Corps of the Triangle (ESC), who notes that she is committed to “raising consciousness about the value of younger generations” as board members for nonprofit organizations.
” and “What skill sets can you bring to the nonprofit and its board?
” Based on the answers to these questions, the ESC chose organizations which would benefit from the individuals who would attend.
The event started with a presentation from the ESC, whose mission is to provide professional, affordable consulting to area nonprofits to help them achieve their missions.Between the ESC’s presentation and the actual speed-dating, we had each been given a packet containing information about the organizations that we would be speaking with.Over 35 organizations had been vying for a spot at the event.There were definitely organizations that I clicked with, and I came out of the event with such a joy in anticipating the difference that I could make during this next chapter of my life.In all, I have heard back from five organizations who are interested in further discussion, and I’m attending one of their events this week.