Thursday, August 22, 2013

Strengthening Communities: The Importance of Nonprofit and Donor Partnerships

As the Minnesota State Fair begins, signaling the end of the summer, I am cleaning off my desk here at the Charities Review Council for the last time. I joined the Council in June as the Engagement and Marketing Intern after graduating from Colby College in Maine. Now, as I prepare to begin my Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, I am leaving equipped with an increased understanding of the positive impact that nonprofits can have in today’s ever-changing world.

The Council’s commitment to strengthening communities initially drew me to this position. At the Council, I have had the opportunity to delve into community engagement by directly interacting with donors and nonprofits alike. Through my internship, I have seen first-hand how donors and nonprofits work tirelessly to meet the needs of their communities. Often, a nonprofit’s ability to swiftly adapt to the changing needs within its community is reflected in the commitment of donors. In Minnesota, our vibrant nonprofit community would not be what it is without the support of donors, who give not only monetarily, but also with their time and expertise.

As part of my internship, I enjoyed helping the Council recently move to a new space, marking a pivotal moment for the organization as it expands to meet the new and growing needs of the philanthropic community. The Council’s flexibility to act as a resource for both donors and nonprofits continues to build vital bridges and new community solutions.

Although today is my last day as the Engagement and Marketing Intern, I am very much looking forward to remaining a member of the team here at the Council in my new role as an Independent Contractor. I am excited to continue working to help nonprofits complete our Accountability Wizard review process and meet the Accountability Standards.

Thank you to all of the staff here at the Council for warmly welcoming me as a member of the team and for taking the time to share your invaluable insight.

By Brita Midness, Engagement and Marking Intern

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