Nonprofit Leadership Practicum Experiences: 2021

April 15, 2021

Garden-Raised Bounty and The Old Goats Home Logos

Camille Rosetty (MNPL/GCFL 2021) was matched with Old Goats Home & Rescue on Vashon Island for her practicum. Camille created a sustainable fundraising plan for the organization. As a new nonprofit, operating since January 2020, the goal of the project was to identify and incorporate diverse fundraising strategies feasible for a small grassroots organization to maintain.

Camille worked closely with the organization’s Executive Director, Rebecca Gibbons to analyze current practices; complete a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats); and offer recommendations for carrying out fundraising best practices.

This practicum was not only a positive learning experience for Camille, but a great benefit to the Old Goats Home & Rescue. Rebecca Gibbons, Executive Director, shared the following about Camille: “I think her biggest strength throughout this whole process has been her ability to really listen in a way that takes into consideration my strengths and weaknesses as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the rescue.” 

Taylor Coats (MNPL 2021) was interested in a practicum that would challenge her and build skills that she would use in the future. She found a great match in Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB), an organization whose mission is to grow healthy food, people and community.

Taylor was tasked with researching best practices for DEI informed recruiting and creating a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion toolkit. Taylor saw her work put into practice as GRuB implemented her suggestions into their hiring process immediately.

Deb Crockett, GRuB Executive Director shared, “The toolkit Taylor made was spot on with what we needed, and helped enhance our hiring processes. We especially appreciated the resources about bias, designing and assessing interview questions/answers, and thoughtfulness about job descriptions.”