Jeanne Allen Helps Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Focus Their Future

Pro Hero, Jeanne Allen, otherwise known as “Jumping Jive Jeanne,” is volunteering her strategic super-skills to help Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem with Board Development. About Pro Hero, Jeanne Allen With over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Jeanne has taken on a variety of management and staff positions including Instructor/Manager in the Duke University Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, Independent Consultant with nonprofits, and Management Consultant/Trainer at Girl Scouts USA National Headquarters in New York City. Jeanne’s credentials don’t stop there. She’s worked with organizations covering a wide variety of causes, including environmental, youth development, health issues, advocacy, racial equity and domestic violence. Jeanne is a newswire contributor for Nonprofit Quarterly, and serves on the Editorial Board for Change, the journal for NTEN nonprofit leaders, and is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. Giving Back to Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Jeanne knows the power of board strategy can take an organization to the next level, and used her myriad of skills to help local children in need through Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem: The Friends of Wake Guardian Ad Litem is a committed group that was having challenges moving forward with their ideas. At the board retreat, I facilitated their discussion which helped them accomplish critical decision making and focus their future. They left quite happy with their accomplishments. Providing Children with Enrichment Opportunities The mission of Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem is to enhance the lives of at-risk children and their caregivers through programs which support their physical, educational and emotional wellbeing. The mission also involves providing support for the...

Uriah King Helps Oakwood Cemetery With Strategic Planning

Historic Oakwood Cemetery is a nonprofit cemetery dedicated to serving families first and foremost when they need it most, but to also provide outdoor museum educational experiences for locals and visitors alike. Historic Oakwood Cemetery has greatly expanded their presence in the community during the past couple of years and is now turning its attention to strategically handling this increased visibility. That’s where Uriah King came in. About Pro Hero, Uriah King Uriah King is a local young nonprofit professional employed by day at Self-Help Credit Union, and is no stranger to helping nonprofits plan for their future. Using his skills, Uriah is helping develop a strategic plan that will enable Historic Oakwood Cemetery to address its growth and continue to increase community awareness and public involvement with the organization. Robin Simonton, Executive Director of Historic Oakwood Cemetery, knows the value of planning ahead for success in the future and present: Oakwood Cemetery is fortunate to have [Uriah] develop a Strategic Plan for the Cemetery. Looking forward 50 to 100 years,  I am certain this exercise will greatly benefit future boards. Aligning Mission & Methods for Triangle Nonprofits Uriah’s passion for strategic planning makes this project a great match: I am honored and humbled to help facilitate a renewed strategic vision for the Historic Oakwood Cemetery.  The cemetery well represents the varied and rich history of not only Raleigh, but all of North Carolina. Learn more about Activate Good’s Pro Heroes Initiative. Looking for more ways to use your skills for good? Check out these current volunteer...

Linda Van De Zande Uses Design Skills To Raise Awareness for Triangle Family Services

Linda Van De Zande, otherwise known as “Ms VdZ”, is volunteering her graphic design skills to create an annual report for Triangle Family Services. A graduate from NC State University’s School of Design, Linda has extensive experience in graphic design and currently works for North Carolina Electric Cooperatives and a freelance resume including Wendy’s, WCPSS, and other small businesses in the Triangle. When she’s not designing, Linda enjoys spending time outdoors, sewing and knitting, visiting her kids. Using Her Skills to Help Other Triangle Families The most important thing to Linda is taking care of her family, and when her family needed support, a number of people and organizations helped them get back on their feet. By using her skills to spread the world about Triangle Family Services, Linda is able to make a contribution to other struggling families: I am so glad to learn about Triangle Family Services; I am even more excited to use design to spread the news that this great organization is out there, and to help Triangle Family Services help families get past rough spots. About Triangle Family Services Triangle Family Services is a 77 year-old human services agency that provides a hand up to struggling families. Credentialed staff provide case management to move families in crisis into more stable and self-sufficient situations with programs focusing on family safety, financial stability, and mental health. Generating Brand Awareness for Triangle Family Services Even though Triangle Family Services is well respected, they lack brand name recognition and awareness. The goal of Linda’s project is to create a relevant brand awareness campaign that people can relate to and...

Katie Collins Boosts Fundraising Efforts for Note in the Pocket

Professional Fundraiser Katie Collins is using her skills to give Note in the Pocket a fund development boost. Katie has earned her nickname as “The Ultimate Fundraiser” through her many years of experience working the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Fidelity Charitable. About Katie Collins A recent transplant from Boston to Raleigh, Katie likes trying out new restaurants around the area in her free time, considering herself a ‘true foodie’. She also loves helping out the community, and knew volunteering with Note in the Pocket would be a good fit for her right from the start. Working with Note in the Pocket has been a tremendous opportunity for me. The staff and volunteers are an inspiration. As a professional with fundraising experience, I welcomed the chance to work with Note in the Pocket to help them augment their existing support from donors to build a solid foundation for additional fundraising efforts. After learning about Note in the Pocket’s important mission and work, as a mom, a resident of Wake County and a nonprofit professional, I felt a strong commitment to volunteering my time to help them in any way that I can. About Note in the Pocket Note in the Pocket provides clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County. The organization believes that no child should suffer in their educational and social development because they lack sufficient appropriate clothes for school. Through varied community partnerships, Note in the Pocket clothes children with dignity and love. The organization started with one family that saw a need in the community and took it upon themselves to provide coats free of charge for children who were impoverished....

Jessica Griffin Volunteers Event Planning Skills for Wade Edwards Learning Lab

Jessica Griffin, otherwise known as “The Social Planner”, is volunteering her skills to help Wade Edwards Learning Lab (WELL) create a plan for their 20th anniversary campaign and fundraising event. Boosting Education with the Wade Edwards Learning Lab (WELL) The mission of Wade Edwards Learning Lab (WELL) is to provide the student community with opportunities for achievement, enrichment and service, in preparation for personal and academic success. Approaching its 20th anniversary, WELL hopes to engage the community in a year-long effort to celebrate their work and recognize past supporters. With hopes for a spring event and campaign to rally support for expanding its services in 2016, WELL needed a passionate event planning pro to make the vision a reality. Local young professional, Jessica Griffin, was eager to be of service. According to WELL’s Foundation coordinator, Elizabeth Ruf: Working with Jessica has been great. She has an incredible vision and the technical skills to help us piece together a successful event strategy. Jessica is so kind and enthusiastic about helping us achieve our goals. I’m truly excited to see what she comes up with and for the ability to take a vision, run with it, and then seeing the end results. Jessica Griffin, Triangle Nonprofit Champion Jessica is long time resident of the Triangle and with eight years of experience working in nonprofit development and event planning with organizations like Planned Parenthood and the NC Bar Organization. Jessica believes that everyone should contribute their time and talent to give back to the community and is excited about the opportunity to help WELL advance their mission through Activate Good’s Pro Heroes program: Working with the staff at...