April 1
Catumbela

Arrived back in Catumbela Wednesday to discover that a recent rain storm caused a leak in my bedroom directly above my duffle bag full of clothes. Opened the partially zipped bag to discover a layer of mold, and then to top it off, a cockroach crawled out (and was promptly crushed). The better part of the first day back was walking to the beach, about a mile away, taking a swim, and then chewing a piece of sugar cane en route home.

Copy and paste the following addresses to see a couple photos of Catumbela. Will email more tomorrow, as the connection is especially slow this morning.

For our weekly Tuesday morning meeting with Mr. Cross at the Carlisle OIC, Brian and I met several times to discuss what we wanted to present him. After our meeting the previous week, Mr. Cross asked us to look deeper at the foundations we had presented. For each foundation we decided to create a packet by typing up a summary page and then printing out and stapling important information. This other information included application forms, previous non-profit donors and any other information that Mr. Cross should read before applying for a grant. On the summary page we listed the contact information of the foundation, vision and mission statement and a list of what we included in the packet. After doing this for each of our three foundations we updated our master Foundation Fund Development sheet and stated the status of all the foundations we had originally presented. At our Tuesday meeting, we presented the three packets and updated data sheet.
When Brian and I put together the packets we felt that we were presenting the information regarding the foundations in a very professional way. We were confident that Mr. Cross would be impressed with our findings. Along with the packets, the updated development sheet documented our progress in a very professional manner would be a great follow up to the original development sheet. Although we were confident that Mr. Cross would be happy with our weeks work, we were still uneasy about the three foundations fitting the Carlisle OIC’s vision and mission and being eligible for grants. At our meeting on Tuesday morning, Mr. Cross was very impressed with our packets and updated data sheet. The meeting was short and I think we all felt really good with how it went.
The most relevant part of the reading that was important to this weeks work for the Carlisle OIC was the part in the Wolf text in the fundraising chapter about “local business giving.” Several of our major foundations have fell through due to discrepancies in the vision and missions or geographical area between the foundations and the Carlisle OIC. As a result, I think that we might have to fall back on local foundations and business to receive grants. In the text, the importance of local giving is typically smaller than from large national organizations but if you get several they really add up. The text also pressed the importance of non cash grants that could be contribution hours to work at the OIC or others.

For our weekly Tuesday morning meeting with Mr. Cross at the Carlisle OIC, Brian and I met several times to discuss what we wanted to present him. After our meeting the previous week, Mr. Cross asked us to look deeper at the foundations we had presented. For each foundation we decided to create a packet by typing up a summary page and then printing out and stapling important information. This other information included application forms, previous non-profit donors and any other information that Mr. Cross should read before applying for a grant. On the summary page we listed the contact information of the foundation, vision and mission statement and a list of what we included in the packet. After doing this for each of our three foundations we updated our master Foundation Fund Development sheet and stated the status of all the foundations we had originally presented. At our Tuesday meeting, we presented the three packets and updated data sheet.
When Brian and I put together the packets we felt that we were presenting the information regarding the foundations in a very professional way. We were confident that Mr. Cross would be impressed with our findings. Along with the packets, the updated development sheet documented our progress in a very professional manner would be a great follow up to the original development sheet. Although we were confident that Mr. Cross would be happy with our weeks work, we were still uneasy about the three foundations fitting the Carlisle OIC’s vision and mission and being eligible for grants. At our meeting on Tuesday morning, Mr. Cross was very impressed with our packets and updated data sheet. The meeting was short and I think we all felt really good with how it went.
The most relevant part of the reading that was important to this weeks work for the Carlisle OIC was the part in the Wolf text in the fundraising chapter about “local business giving.” Several of our major foundations have fell through due to discrepancies in the vision and missions or geographical area between the foundations and the Carlisle OIC. As a result, I think that we might have to fall back on local foundations and business to receive grants. In the text, the importance of local giving is typically smaller than from large national organizations but if you get several they really add up. The text also pressed the importance of non cash grants that could be contribution hours to work at the OIC or others.

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