On October 3rd, four members of the EWI team had the pleasure of attending “IMPACT 2012: Innovation + Philanthropy”, as presented by ACT for Alexandria.
ACT for Alexandria is a private-non-profit that seeks to raise the level and effectiveness of community engagement in the Alexandria area. Through IMPACT 2012, they were able to set an agenda for “innovations in philanthropy and strategies for building the capacity of non-profit organizations” in the community. The event included workshops, luncheon, and a keynote address by CityBridge Foundation President Katherine Brittain Bradley.
Two of our attendees shared their wonderful experiences…
“Impact 2012 was a wonderful eye-opener into Alexandria’s rich range of non-profits doing extraordinary work people are doing in our community. One of the main things I learned from the breakout session “Building Your Organization’s Cheering Squad” was that every person, from board to staff to volunteers to friends, can and should be ambassadors for the organization. Tapping into why they have chosen to be a part of the organization is a way to harness their capabilities and talents. Liberating from the fears of “fundraising”, people actually start fundraising whether they realize or not! As people joked, maybe we’ll all start hearing the term “Ambassador-ing Campaigns” instead.”
-Mary Louise Marino
EWI Program Manager
“The ACT Summit was one of my first conferences for work, and I really enjoyed it. After the captivating keynote speaker, Catherine Bradley shared her insight on how to improve the D.C. schooling system, the attendees broke out into smaller sessions. The “Building Your Organization’s Cheering Squad” session introduced certain roadblocks, such as time, competition with other organizations, asking people for money, lack of connections, etc. which were then met with viable solutions that could help combat these struggles. The panel stressed how the prospect of raising funds can be a daunting task for some, but reframing the mission and adjusting it to the individual’s preference can still be just as effective in the long run.”
– Mina Alemzadeh
EWI ETS Intern
Special thanks to Katarina Price Photography