I have spent a number of years donating time and money to various worthy
causes. Many groups were small, either brand new organizations or ones that intended to remain small. One consistent theme
was that well-meaning people without a lot of experience came to the table with good intentions. Trouble occurred because
these people were not trained or experienced in operating these organizations. Consequently, mistakes were made that impacted
the group's ability to raise money, efficiently provide services, retain volunteers and attract new talent.
it my mission to help these small organizations be more successful. My main approach is to translate the principles used by
large organizations into workable solutions for small ones. I built upon my own small business experience and business degree,
and obtained a certificate in Fundraising and in Public Relations for Non-Profits from UCLA Extension. I also gain a wealth
of information through my memberships in professional associations. Through this training and my solid, practical experience,
I am compiling tools of success for small non-profit groups.
My husband, Bill, had a stellar 40-year career as a research engineer and technical
manager at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. When he retired, he started an avocation as a Certified Specialist in Planned
Giving, so he can give back to the community, too. We spend a lot of spare time brainstorming on how a group can improve itself
so it can better serve its purpose.
I have been blessed in every area of my life, and am guided by the grace of
a power greater than ourselves. I know that what works for me can work for you and others who come together to make the world
a better place.
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