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Believing it is better to give than receive and to maximize impact, we are offering a MATCHING GRANT, up to $1,000, to benefit the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center in celebration of my upcoming birthday. The Healing Garden made such an impact on me through their Caregiver Support group, allowing me to connect with other people on the same journey. Cathy's, the support group facilitator, suggestion of writing a "Love Letter" to my mother-in-law changed both of our lives. Ann left this world knowing that she was loved, and for me, it was the first step in healing from the devastating loss of one of my best friends. I hope you will join me in supporting the Healing Garden so they can continue to provide wrap-around services for cancer patients, their caregivers, and their families.
Entrepreneurship for All Greater Worcester, a nonprofit organization that helps underrepresented individuals successfully start and grow a business, held a Pitch Contest for the entrepreneurs from their Summer 2021 Business Accelerator program. On the evenings of October 5-7, eleven entrepreneurs competed for prize money in a Shark Tank style pitch contest. Each participant was giving 10 minutes to pitch a business idea to a panel of judges and the audience, followed by 10 minutes of intensive questioning from the judges. The scores and feedback were recorded, the winners were determined, and the suspense grew until the winners were revealed at the Showcase and Celebration event.
The Showcase and Celebration, held Oct 27th, featured keynote speaker Charles Luster, co-founder of 2gether We Eat, a nonprofit youth farming program that provides food, training, and employment using indoor hydroponics to target food deserts in our community and provide food year round. Charles reminded the entrepreneurs that nothing about entrepreneurship is easy, but if you believe in what you are doing, it is worth it.
Debbi Mallinson, founder of Magic Lamp Consulting Inc, a nonprofit business consulting and grant writing service, was chosen by her accelerator colleagues to deliver a speech on behalf of the class. Debbi moved the audience to tears with her thoughtful inspiring speech recounting the experiences of the entrepreneurs over the last three months. She captured the essence of the cohort with this quote, "We may come from different backgrounds, including the Central African Republic, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and the USA. We span different generations, representing Gen Xers, Millennials, and Gen Zs. We are males and females. But ultimately, we are more alike than different. We have come to call each other friends, knowing we can lean on one another during this crazy entrepreneurial journey."
The evening saw five entrepreneurs awarded a total of $7,500 in award money. Debbi Mallinson of Leominster, founder of Magic Lamp Consulting was the top award winner with $2,500, Melody Joy Paine of Brimfield, founder of Imperfect Joy Photography was awarded $2,000, Timothy Brumfield founder of Big Belly BBQ won $1,500, Yonelis Fernandez of Worcester, founder of Smarter Cleaning Solutions, received $1,000 and Alisha Harrison of Milford, received $1,000 for her nonprofit Helen's House.
EforAll is a one-year program, providing additional support through the next nine months, with entrepreneurs having three more opportunities to earn prize money.
It is the start of a new year and a perfect time to start with the basics. One of the most fundamental things that nonprofit organizations can do to be prepared for developing a Grants Program is to define their organization's Mission, Vision, and Values. If you have already have written them, the start of a new year is the perfect time to review them. Vision Statements don't often change but if your vision has become outdated it might be time to update it.
What is a Vision Statement?
A Vision Statement is a one-sentence statement that defines the aspirations of the organization. It paints a picture of what the world will look like, showing the impact that you aim to create. The vision defines the desired long-term results of your nonprofit's work. It is a short, clear picture defining why you exist, it is your sense of purpose and is used to direct and guide the organization forward.
Vision Statements Examples:
Habitat for Humanity: A world where everyone has a decent place to live
Smithsonian: Shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world
Alzheimer's Association: A world without Alzheimer's
Oceana: seeks to make our oceans as rich, healthy and abundant as they once were
Microsoft's original vision statement was "A computer on every desk in every home". Over the past forty years, the world has changed and the company has evolved. Microsoft's new vision statement reflect those changes, it is "to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential" allows the company to again reach into the future and make an impact.
Is your nonprofit's Vision Statement as clear and strong as it could be?
Are you a nonprofit in Central Massachusetts looking to build connections while learning more about technology? NetSquared Central Massachusetts is a new volunteer-run Meetup group that provides free networking events. Our first event is scheduled to be held virtually on June 18th at noon. Paula Cohen will be introducing what a NetSquared is, hint it is organized through TechSoup. She will also be providing an overview of how TechSoup, a nonprofit that provides access to donations and discounts for nonprofits on software, hardware, and services.
To register, go to NetSquared Central Massachusetts and click Join. Once you register to attend the event, you will receive an email with the Zoom meeting information.