Sun 7 May 2006
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.