Project S.H.A.R.E. is a wonderful nonprofit organization. They are able to help hundreds of different people and families. Project is trying to educate people about the severe poverty problem. Project S.H.A.R.E. was able to recognize that there is a poverty pyramid, meaning that if parents are poverty stricken, then their children have a high percentage of being poverty stricken as well. One of their more important benefits is the fact that Project S.H.A.R.E. is determined to educate the children in poverty stricken families. Additionally, S.H.A.R.E. offers the idea that they help those people who do not meet their standards. In other words, S.H.A.R.E. interviews people and makes sure they meet the criteria, such as, if their income is too high. On the other hand, if the people have a higher income then S.H.A.R.E. doesn’t just send those people away; they help them find another place where they can go or give them suggestions of what they can do. The employees that work at Project S.H.A.R.E. are very hard working and caring people. The atmosphere that exists is amazing; it is so warm and welcoming.
I was able to impact Project S.H.A.R.E. and the people they help, I feel in a big way. We were able to create a presentation that would enable Project S.H.A.R.E. to attract more donors as well as some new donors. I feel Project will be more attractive to donors they may not have been able to land in the past. In addition, I feel that the director of S.H.A.R.E., Elaine, is more confident in the presentation and facts. She is very excited about showing the presentation to the Board of Directors. When I first met with her she seemed very overwhelmed and not really confident in the business side of her organization (the business side meaning, attracting donors and asking for money). However, after we were able to upgrade the presentation, the director was reassured that she will be able to attract the donors needed. Thus, if they attract new donors and increase the amount of donations received, then S.H.A.R.E. will be able to achieve their objectives and help more people.
I believe my experience with Project S.H.A.R.E. differed in some ways from the information I learned in class. In class I feel I learned the basics of how a nonprofit organization is started and run. We learned about organization, management, marketing and other basic areas of business. However, when working with S.H.A.R.E, I felt the organization was lacking in some of these areas. The director whom we worked with did not seem completely knowledgeable on these business areas. In making the presentation to share with possible donors, there were some areas that S.H.A.R.E. was lacking. For example, some form of evaluation. S.H.A.R.E. has no idea exactly how many people they help. They have no numbers of the people who eventually get back on their feet again and don’t need S.H.A.R.E.’s help anymore. Businesses are very interested in numbers and how successful their investment may be. Therefore, nonprofit organizations must be aware of all the aspects that are involved in both the private and public sectors. On the other hand, I was able to see how important all these aspects are to a nonprofit organization. I learned a lot in class, and was able to see what it would be like to work for a nonprofit organization.

This past Wednesday I met with Elaine. We had a short meeting about the power point presentation. Elaine had a few things she wanted changed. However, she was very excited about the presentation. Ron, from Giant is meeting with her on Monday, therefore Elaine asked me to drop off a copy of the updated presentation. Hopefully, Ron will be able to look at the presentation and give us some feedback. Being a businessman himself, Aubrey and I feel that his feedback will be very beneficial for us. Elaine is hoping to show the presentation to the Board next saturday.
Ron’s feedback will be beneficial because he is one of the people that Elaine will be selling this presentation too. So, for the most part he knows what businesses will be looking for in this type of presentation.

After working on this project and discussing it with Aubrey, we almost feel like we were the teachers during this service learning. I feel as though we have been telling Elaine and Pam what needs to be done in regards to creating a presentation. I definitely agree with some of the articles that we have read, that a for profit business is somewhat different from the nonprofit business. Project S.H.A.R.E. was not knowledgeable about this type of presentation before Aubrey and I started working on it. They were not aware of what businesses are looking for, and seem to have a very laid back attitude. Elaine is a wonderful person with a lot of heart and is doing an amazing job of helping hundreds of adults and children. However, I feel she lacks a little bit of the go get ‘em attitude in regards to getting contributors and donations. There is definitely a lot of work that needs to be done for Project in order to make it easier to run their organization.

I am very glad I had this experience. Although I felt more like the teacher, I definitely feel more comfortable when it comes to making business presentations! I also feel really good about helping Elaine and Pam. They are extremely grateful for all the work Aubrey and I have done for them, and that makes it all the more worthwhile.

This past week, Aubrey and I did not meet with Elaine. It was distribution week and therefore she was extremely busy. We will be meeting with her next week. I was able to work on the power point and update it with the new information we received. I believe the power point will be very helpful for Project S.H.A.R.E.

Aubrey and I will be meeting with Elaine next wednesday.

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