Mon 1 May 2006
I believe my experience at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts has given me the opportunity to see how every aspect of nonprofit organization is managed and structured. From our weekly class topics my focus of nonprofits shifted every week. In the past I have focused on accountability and marketing while this week I was finally able to meet the Executive Board and observe their relationships. By being asked to lunch following the meeting I sat with the Whitaker Staff and the Whitaker’s Executive Director hearing each individual’s opinion on the success or disappointment in the meeting. Successes included the enthusiasm shown by the board members for the upcoming KiteFest Fundraiser Gala. Also the opinions existed that the board members would inspire donors through their word of mouth and dedication to the organization. Disappointment was obvious in the case of one presenter who was nervous and rushed through their portion of the presentation. This was not a Whitaker Staff member which placed a little relief on the situation. I observed that the Staff wants their organization promoted in a professional way but not with a stuffy overtone, they want enthusiasm. Therefore, demonstrating the values of the organization is expected to extend from the Board.