On a daily basis, El Pomar Fellows put theory to test. After reading a chapter about leadership styles, they go into a meeting and have to guide the group through an agenda and toward a goal. In the second year of the program, Fellows are given the opportunity to venture outside of El Pomar’s boundaries to work directly with a nonprofit on a Technical Assistance Project. For the Fellows, this is a chance to do something different and challenging on a consulting basis—and make a difference in an area about which they are passionate, all while fulfilling the Foundation’s mission to enhance the well-being of the people of Colorado. At a recent meeting at Penrose House, several of the Second Years shared reflections on their projects. Here are a few highlights.
Kate Deeny, rather than work with a single organization, helped Pueblo-area nonprofits organize their efforts surrounding youth development. She facilitated meetings between faith-based organizations to discuss how their youth groups could better serve their constituents. She developed a presentation for area nonprofits and youth stakeholders to use, presenting a vision for “cradle to career” youth development and how community members could get involved.”
“I had to be flexible with the direction of my project,” Deeny noted, “because the group is still in the forming stage. But I was impressed with its level of communication, consideration of others, and ability to persevere throughout this collaborative effort.”
Nathalia Giraldo Magri worked with two organizations—the Mountain Post Historical Center, and CrossFire Ministries. She was pleased to find herself very much a part of both teams—she attended board meetings, events, and trainings with the staff; developed marketing and fundraising materials; helped raise funds for new buildings; and conducted a survey for both boards to evaluate needs.
She observed: “I learned a great deal and I was able to put into practice all the things we have learned at El Pomar Foundation—from management to nonprofit law.” She will continue to work with the Mountain Post Historical Center in the coming months, and add a third project (with The Denver Foundation).