By Angela Jarvis-Holland
As we launch into summer here at the NWDSA, we are celebrating some new-found capacity for our organization. Just in time for our board retreat in early June, we learned that we are the recipients of a grant from the Campbell Group’s Grow the Good (GTG) initiative. The Campbell Group Portland office is a longtime sponsor and supporter of the NWDSA, and has a long history of supporting the local community and encouraging participation among employees. GTG is a company-wide annual giving and volunteer campaign that continues the spirit of giving on which the company was founded. Each Campbell Group office is given a designated amount of seed money to use to improve the lives of people in their respective communities. Employees determine how the funds are distributed. Last year Grow the Good helped us to purchase a DVD duplicator that allowed us to press the We All Belong DVD that continues to do good work in many settings educating about inclusion and the right to belong.
NWDSA Program Director Angela Frome and I met with the GTG staff this spring to discuss our programs and priorities. It was a very interesting experience to be in front of a panel of Campbell Group staff members who wanted to know about our work.
We dug deeply and reflected on our most essential need, to build some capacity to make the NWDSA more sustainable as an organization. After two in-depth conversations, GTG agreed to partner with us to fund a staff position dedicated to fundraising and sustainability. The NWDSA’s new Director of Development will work on traditional fundraising and grant writing, with an additional focus on volunteer management and community asset development.
We used time at the Board Retreat to develop a job description, and we are delighted to report that after an interview process, Amy Geoffroy has accepted this position and is excited to get to work with us to secure the resources we need for our critical work. Amy has been the volunteer Chair of the Development Board for a few months now, and comes to us with a sound professional resume in non-profit development work. She is also the mom of two daughters, Emily and Abigail, and a board member of Down Syndrome Pregnancy, an organization that supports expectant mothers who have received a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis. As Director of Development, Amy will be able to concentrate her considerable fundraising and grant writing skills on our needs.
It is together in community that we can truly “grow the good” and we will make very good use of this investment in the NWDSA. We greatly appreciated getting to know more of the amazing employees at The Campbell Group, and look forward to continuing to expand our connections with this great group of people!