Well, it finally happened! We completed our first Charity Partnerships Committee Report! The Chanda Plan Foundation was the first small local nonprofit to receive this NO COST service from Denver Gives. The 31 page report was submitted to the Board of Directors and Founder of the Chanda Plan Foundation in February, 2011. After almost a full year of this first ever type of service, the Chanda Plan had a full organizational analysis with recommendations AND a list of resources to implement the recommendations made by our all volunteer committee.
Our Charity Partnerships Committee was made up of experts in Law, Marketing, Event Planning, Graphic Design, Nonprofit Management, Management, Grants, Volunteer Management, Accounting and Finance. These volunteers provided at least 40 hours of volunteering to help make this NO COST service available to the Chanda Plan Foundation. They spent on and off almost 10 months of their time to give the Chanda Plan a comprehensive organizational analysis. This analysis was developed through interviews, documentation submission from the Chanda Plan Foundation, research, and the experience of our volunteers.
Denver Gives was also fortunate to receive a grant from Mercury Gives, the Mercury Payment Services Community Giving Committee in DTC, and will provide the Chanda Plan Foundation with $1,000 to implement one or more of the recommendations from our committee. This was always a dream of Denver Gives, to provide small nonprofits with funds to implement the recommendations provided by the committee, and Mercury Payment Systems, with their commitment to the local community came through HUGE with a seed grant for this service provided by Denver Gives! Honestly, this has been a dream and as I am writing this, I am getting goose bumps because Denver Gives has been a personal dream of mine since 2008 and to see one of our services receive funding and have it be able to impact a local small nonprofit is something to cherish. Thank you so much Mercury Payment Services and the Mercury Gives Committee for seeing our vision, believing in our program and service and being there to support our dreams! It’s companies like yours that truly make a difference in our community and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
The next recipient of our Charity Partnerships Committee service is Assisted Cycling Tours. The entire Committee is very much looking forward to assisting this organization in their efforts to provide cycling as a fun activity for people with disabilities and their families!
We are also EXTREMELY excited about a certain expertise from a very special new volunteer that has a desire to give back and feels that the Charity Partnerships Committee might be a great opportunity to utilize his very specialized skill that, until now, has been utilized by very large companies and large governments. Again, goose bumps just thinking about the possibilities of applying something entirely new to the nonprofit community! Proof that anyone can apply their skills to help nonprofits!
We are still in need of professionals in the following fields to help Assisted Cycling Tours:
Finance > Banking > Insurance > Law > Accounting > Event Planning > Management > Marketing > Development > and anything else you think a nonprofit would need assistance with as a business. Some of these would be in addition to volunteers that we already have on our committee, but the ability to have more than one person assisting in helping this charity in a given area of expertise is always helpful!
For more information on volunteering, see our volunteer page by clicking HERE.